Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed

Randolph Lopez
November 9, 2017

The U.S. has become the only nation in the world to not participate in the Paris Climate Accord, an worldwide agreement to voluntarily lower carbon emissions in an effort to curb rising global temperatures.

The United States is now the only country on Earth that's declined to be a part of the Paris climate agreement, after Syria announced Tuesday it would join the landmark 2015 pact.

"I would like to affirm the Syrian Arab Republic's commitment to the Paris climate change accord", deputy Environment Minister Wadah Katmawi told a meeting of nearly 200 nations at November 6-17 climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The effort was spearheaded by the Obama administration to codify an global commitment to ward off the impact of climate change.

It's "extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", the report concludes. The Nicaraguan government snubbed the accord because it believed the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 was not ambitious enough.

While the United States ratified the 2015 Paris Agreement past year, President Donald Trump announced in June that he wants to pull out unless the US can get a better deal.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

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The war itself has caused an global refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries. "We want the United States in too".

Environmental organizations around the world praised Syria's decision. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.

President Trump announced in June he would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement, calling it "unfair". He claimed the accord places "onerous energy restrictions" and a "draconian financial and economic burden" on the U.S. The announcement faced enormous backlash across clean energy groups and even big names such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger, who both resigned from advisory roles under the Trump administration. However, due to the terms of the agreement, the US can not fully withdraw until 2020.

On Oct. 23, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris accord, despite its previous reservations.

"They were the last party to the UN Convention to sign the Paris Agreement", he said, referring to 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the bedrock treaty for UN climate talks.

France co-organizes the summit with the United Nations and the World Bank.

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