US Now Stands Alone As Syria Signs Paris Climate Agreement

Bonn talks Developing world chides developed countries for failing to deliver on climate goals

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On Nov. 7, Syria announced during the COP 23 United Nations climate summit in Germany that it would sign onto the Paris agreement, joining almost 200 countries committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Independent reports.

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.

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. But, good job, tweeted our government through its "Minister C. McKenna @ec_minister" Twitter site, declaring: "Canada Salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris Agreement!Global#ClimateAction.#COP23", illustrated by the flags of both countries.

President Trump announced in June that he would pull out of the climate agreement to put "America First".

The U.S. may be No. 1, but that's also the loneliest number. They tweeted that to troll the Americans.

It will then take one year to fully withdraw, meaning the earliest the United States could officially withdraw is the day after the 2020 election.

"This should make the Trump administration pause and reflect on their ill-advised announcement about withdrawing from the Paris Agreement".

"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters", Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said, according to Reuters.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The UN'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. The assessment, compiled from the research of several federal agencies, concluded that climate change was real and that human activity was nearly intensifying its impact, The Washington Post reports.

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