The US Is the Last Country to Remain Outside the Paris Climate Agreement


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Syria signed the agreement in Germany this week.

By Ankita Rao | MOTHERBOARD

It’s official, the US is number one. And by that I mean the only country in the world to not participate in the Paris climate accord now that Syria agreed to sign the agreement at the United Nations talks in Bonn, Germany today.

Earlier, Syria and Nicaragua had both held back from the agreement—a pact to limit carbon emissions—alongside the US, but for different reasons. Syria, as you might have heard, is dealing with a brutal civil war. Nicaraguan leaders, meanwhile, said the Paris accord didn’t go far enough to address climate change concerns, but decided to climb on board in October. But President Donald Trump decided to leave the agreement*, signed and ratified under Barack Obama, in June.

Trump cited some interesting reasons for not wanting to be held to the same standards as the rest of the world. In his June remarks, he said he wanted to protect the country from „the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country“ and legal implications.

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