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Paris climate deal: Buildings go green in defiance of US withdrawal

One World Trade Center glowing green against New York skyline Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption One World Trade Center, New York

A green glow on the outside of US buildings usually means it's St Patrick's Day. But on Thursday night, green stood not for Irish heritage, but for the environment.

As US President Trump announced he would pull the country out of the international Paris agreement on climate change, city governors and mayors responded by lighting buildings up green to symbolise that they disagreed with his decision.

The green glows were concentrated in US cities on the east coast, but some other places around the world, including Paris itself, took the symbol on too.

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Image caption The New York state governor tweeted a picture of the Kosciuszko Bridge (right)
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Image caption City Mayor Bill de Blasio was also proud to share this picture
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Image caption The entrance to the New York State Fair also glowed green
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Image caption Boston City Hall boasted an environmentally friendly display

Further afield, buildings and monuments were lit up too.

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Image caption The Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City
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Image caption The City Hall in Paris

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