Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed

09 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Anti-coal demonstrators march near the surface mining Hambach near Kerpen Germany Sunday Nov. 5 2017 one day ahead of the opening of the UN Climate Summit in Bonn Germany. AP  PTI

Membership for Syria under President Bashar al-Assad would isolate the United States, the world's biggest economy and second largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China, as the only nation opposed to the accord.

"We need everybody on board", Ronald Jumeau, of the Seychelles, told Reuters.

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 US economy. "We want the United States in too".

On the same day that Syria announced its inclusion in the climate agreement, French authorities disclosed that Trump would not be invited to the global summit "Make Our Planet Great Again". But it said Damascus had not yet filed any of the official documents to sign up.

The United States' position only got worse in September when, after years of saying the Paris Agreement did not go far enough to combat climate change, Nicaragua committed to signing the Paris Climate Agreement in a move its President said was done to show the country stood in solidarity with countries most vulnerable to climate change.

The war itself has caused an global refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries.

The Trump administration has not said what those terms might be.


"Now he'll be isolated from all nations", he said.

If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the US withdrawal would take effect in November 2020, on the day after the presidential election.

But he has been vague about what that means, especially since the pact gives all nations power to set their own goals.

The Paris agreement seeks to limit a rise in temperatures to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, ideally 1.5.

At the meeting Monday, the United Nations' weather and climate agency, the World Meteorological Organization, announced 2017 will definitely be among the three hottest years on record.

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.

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