Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

United States isolated after Syria signs up to Paris climate pact

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Lillian Steele | 09 November, 2017, 01:21

Syria announced it would sign that agreement Tuesday in Bonn, Germany at the United Nations yearly climate change conference.

The U.S. was instrumental in the accord to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and combat man-made climate change when it was formed in 2015, though President Trump announced earlier this year that he was backing out to put "America first".

In an address to delegates at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, Syria's deputy minister of local administration and environment, M. Wadah Katmawi, said his country would join the Paris deal "as soon as possible". However, due to the terms of the agreement, the USA can not fully withdraw until 2020.

Following news of Syria's move to sign the Paris accord, New York Times underlined that a representative from the White House has stressed that the United States remain firm with their decision to not be a part of the accord. Above, Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus this August.

David Waskow, of the World Resources Institute think-tank, noted that Trump's climate views had previously isolated him in the Group of Seven and the Group of 20.

"They were the last party to the UN Convention to sign the Paris Agreement", he said, referring to 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the bedrock treaty for UN climate talks.

"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 risky position", says Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, in a press release. He was spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

"Hey @ec_minister - this.is actually what your gov't should be saying about Syria", a tweet from Raitt's account said, linking to a U.S. State Department tweet about chemical-weapons use in Syria.

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.

The same day, Macron said "wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again" and called on USA -based scientists to come to France to work on climate-related issues, in an unprecedented English-language speech from the French presidential palace.

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