In response the U.S.'s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper expressed disappointment.
"The science is clear that human-caused warming of the planet and other climate change impacts are harming people, livelihoods and wildlife," he said in a statement, "and it will get worse unless something is done to curtail it."
"Thankfully, the rest of the world, and states across the U.S., will continue this effort," Samper continued. "At WCS, we work with local communities in nearly 60 countries and all the world's oceans that depend on healthy ecosystems and they are seeing the effects of climate change now; from coral bleaching and depleted fisheries to drought, infectious disease and invasive pests. Every day, we are working with these communities to address issues of deforestation and we are helping both wildlife and people adapt to the impacts of climate change by ensuring the protection of functioning ecosystems and the services they provide that support all life on our planet."
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