Thursday, 23 November, 2017

United States alone outside of Paris climate accord as Syria joins

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 Syria signs Paris climate agreement
Dexter Carr | 09 November, 2017, 00:53

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for six long years.

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.

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

The US State Department has attempted to downplay the isolation, saying if the Syrian government really cared about air quality "it wouldn't be gassing its own people" - a reference to a raft of chemical attacks mostly blamed on government forces. "We take no pleasure in the United States being out". But it said Damascus had not yet filed any of the official documents to sign up.

Calling it "Draconian" and "onerous", Trump in June said "the Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production". Trump said. "At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?"

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On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990. Paula Caballero, global director of the climate program at the World Resources Institute, tells The Guardian.

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

In June the USA said it would withdraw, but the rules of the agreement state that this can not be done until 2020.

The Paris agreement aims to combat global warming by gradually reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which come from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. 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.

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.

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