On the 7th November 2017, Syria announced it would sign the Paris climate accord. Syria didn’t join the accord initially because it had been in the midst of civil war since 2011. Their government was under sanctions as a result, so couldn’t send representatives abroad to negotiate or sign the agreement.
As yet, it is not clear what has changed to allow Syria to sign the accord.
The landmark deal which was agreed upon by nearly every country on the planet in 2015 is attempting to reduce global carbon emissions in a bid to fight global climate change. With Nicaragua also signing onto the agreement in October, this means the United States will be the sole country on the planet to oppose it.
Originally, Nicaragua had not signed the deal because they thought it didn’t go far enough.
When Donald Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, he said it was so the deal could be renegotiated to be “fair” to America.
However, other countries in the deal have stated a renegotiation is not possible.
The United States is the 2nd largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China. Trump’s administration has already rolled back Obama-era regulations to achieve carbon emission goals set out in the Paris deal.
Since Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris accord, 13 states in the U.S. have created the United States Climate Alliance. The alliance is a bipartisan coalition of states which are committed to complying with the 2015 Paris Agreement within their borders.
Paris Climate Accord: The thing is this….
Nicaragua were right, the Paris Climate Accord wasn’t ambitious enough in the details.
The deal is only designed to endeavor to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Most scientists agree that merely holding to a 1.5°C increase would mean drastic changes to weather patterns on the planet.
Indeed, the planet is already near to that degree of warming. We are already seeing the effects of global warming with more frequent and severe storms around the globe.
We shouldn’t be trying to limit how much more greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere, we should be looking to eliminate them as much as possible.
After all, we already have the technology. All we need if the will, and of course, the funding.
However, what the Paris Accord maybe lacked in ambition, it more than made up for in achievement.
Merely getting nearly every country to the table was huge. Them all agreeing to a change in the way they consume their future energy needs was even more remarkable.
It was a starting point. A point of reference which could be built upon and expanded.
In accordance with Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, America cannot leave the agreement until November 4th 2020 at the earliest.
Let’s hope that a new president is elected the following week. A president that actually listens to scientists, rather than the corporations who funded their campaign.
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