USA isolated after Syria signs up to Paris climate pact

Violet Powell
November 9, 2017

That's because Syria just signed the UN's Paris agreement on global warming, and the Environment Ministry's official account tweeted its congratulations! That leaves the United States as the sole country to reject the agreement, a global effort to combat climate change. "So everyone has joined and the now so isolated".

Though Syria indicated its intention to sign onto the deal, it has not yet submitted its targets to cut greenhouses gases.

The Independent reported that Syria signed the accord.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joins US President Donald Trump in being omitted from the list of around 100 leaders invited to Paris to strengthen the historic pact to curb global warming, clinched in 2013. They tweeted that to troll the Americans.

The US will soon become the only country that opposes the worldwide landmark climate change accord known as the Paris Agreement. Nicaragua initially claimed that it wouldn't sufficiently address climate change, but the country changed its tune and signed on last month.

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"As if it wasn't already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and unsafe position", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune told EcoWatch, in response to Syria's move.

The Trump administration will not be able to formally extricate the USA from the climate agreement until 2020.

"With Syria's decision, the relentless commitment of the global community to deliver on Paris is more evident than ever", said Paula Caballero, director of the climate change program at the World Resources Institute.

The UN is hosting the COP23 climate change conference this week in Bonn, Germany. "While the White House declares war on climate science and retreats from the Paris Agreement, California is doing the opposite and taking action", said California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., who will be going to the meeting.

The U.N.'s weather agency said on Monday that this year is on track to be the second or third warmest since records began in the 19th century, behind a record-breaking 2016, and about 1.1 Celsius (2F) above pre-industrial times.

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