Syria set to join Paris climate Agreement, US remains defiant

Posted November 09, 2017

"That leaves only the one who announced their withdrawal", he added, in an oblique reference to the United States.

The report comes after Nicaragua last month signed the agreement, which left the USA and Syria as the only two countries not supporting it.

Out of the United Nation's 193 member countries, only two others weren't signed on to the agreement as of this fall: Nicaragua and Syria. That leaves the U.S. as the sole country to reject the agreement, a global effort to combat climate change.

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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. After hearing about Syria's decision, Sen.

US President Donald Trump, who has expressed doubts that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the prime cause of global warming, announced in June that he meant to pull out and instead promote US coal and oil industries.

On June 2, former Secretary of State John Kerry of the Obama administration called the US withdraw from the Paris agreement "one of the most cynical and frankly ignorant and unsafe, self-destructive steps that I've seen in my entire lifetime in public life". Kerry told CNN. "Are they stupid". However, due to the terms of the agreement, the USA can not fully withdraw until 2020. Nicaragua, which was one of the last holdouts, in September announced it would join the accord.

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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".

The summit aims at promoting green projects and providing new funding sources, a few weeks after separate talks that are now being held at a global climate conference in Bonn, Germany.

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. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence".

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