US Becomes Only Nation Not Part Of Paris Agreement
Nov 09 2017
Additionally, scientist have also unearthed that the current emission levels were not low enough (under two degrees) to ensure that the sea levels do not rise as a result of global warming, which makes that 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 target - set by top polluters hailing from United States, European Union, China and India - an ambitious goal.
That's because Syria just signed the UN's Paris agreement on global warming, and the Environment Ministry's official account tweeted its congratulations!
Syria announced plans to sign the Paris climate accord on November 7, according to The New York Times. That leaves the United States as the sole country to reject the agreement, a global effort to combat climate change.
"I find it ironic that the government of Syria, OK, would say that it wants to be involved, and that it cares so much about climate and things like Carbon dioxide gas", she told reporters. Other countries in the deal said that isn't possible.
Nicaragua, the only other country who had not signed the deal, agreed to join the Paris Accord in October. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.
The Trump administration will not be able to formally extricate the USA from the climate agreement until 2020.
Syria was the last United Nations member state not to have signed the accord after Nicaragua did so last month.
White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said the United States hasn't changed its position on climate change and pointed to a statement by the Trump administration when Nicaragua joined the agreement.
The summit, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, will host more than 100 world leaders in France on December 12, according to The Associated Press.
On June 2, former Secretary of State John Kerry of the Obama administration called the USA withdraw from the Paris agreement "one of the most cynical and frankly ignorant and risky, self-destructive steps that I've seen in my entire lifetime in public life".
On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990.