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US Now Stands Alone As Syria Signs Paris Climate Agreement

US Now Stands Alone As Syria Signs Paris Climate Agreement

In order to keep global temperatures less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the agreement calls on each country to craft a plan to fight climate change.

BBC reported that the much celebrated news came following Nicaragua's decision to sign the climate agreement earlier in October.

Syria will join the landmark Paris Climate Accord, it was announced Tuesday. The effort was spearheaded by the Obama administration to codify an worldwide commitment to ward off the impact of climate change.

US President Donald Trump, who has expressed doubts that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the prime cause of global warming, announced in June that he meant to pull out and instead promote US coal and oil industries.

According to The Independent, a unanimous effort to address the issue concerning global greenhouse gas emissions and to minimise global warming saw approximately 200 countries signing the Paris accord in December 2015.

Catherine McKenna says the now-deleted tweet was "clearly a mistake" and condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the war-torn country.

Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, also weighed in, calling the 195-nation pact "empty virtue signalling". Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.

It will then take one year to fully withdraw, meaning the earliest the United States could quit is the day after the 2020 USA presidential election. Nicaragua, which was one of the last holdouts, in September announced it would join the accord.

With the United States being the sole country that refuses to support the framework, an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has relayed that President Donald Trump is not invited to the climate summit that is scheduled to be held on Paris next month with over a hundred countries expected to attend.

While the Obama administration initially signed on to the agreement in December 2015, President Trump voiced plans to leave it this June, claiming that switching over to clean energy will hurt the USA economy.

The US government on Friday released a report, prepared by hundreds of scientists, on climate change and its primary cause: human activity.


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