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09 November 2017, 01:24 | Kara Nash
US isolated after Syria signs up to Paris climate pact
"I would like to affirm the Syrian Arab Republic's commitment to the Paris climate change accord", deputy Environment Minister Wadah Katmawi told a meeting of nearly 200 nations at November 6-17 climate talks in Bonn, Germany.
President Trump announced in June that he would pull out of the climate agreement to put "America First". "The U.S.'s stark isolation should give Trump reason to reconsider his ill-advised announcement and join the rest of the world in tackling climate change". "Your public praise is misplaced", citing a speech by American UN ambassador Nikki Haley to the Security Council on that same day about the use of chemical weapons in Syria by its government and ISIS.
Barack Obama signed the treaty in his second term as US president. Nicaragua's left-wing government, which originally denounced the plan as too weak, signed up last month.
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.
"As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country".
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The only other previous holdout, Nicaragua, announced in September that it would join the pact.
According to Trump, the Paris accord would have cost the United States 6.5mil jobs and US$3tn GDP in lost, whilst conveying that the accord favours economy rivals in China and India.
"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. Some 25,000 scientists, envoys, lobbyists and environmental activists have descended on the city for two weeks to figure out how to turn the goals of the Paris accord into reality.
"Now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action-all save one country". "We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping (122 degrees Farenheit) in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa". 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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