Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed

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Syria announced plans to sign the Paris climate accord on November 7, according to The New York Times.

"Syria's announcement that it will join the Paris agreement leaves President Trump in not-so-splendid isolation as a result of his irresponsible and ignorant decision to withdraw the United States from the most comprehensive effort ever to confront the mounting climate crisis", said Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

BBC reported that the much celebrated news came following Nicaragua's decision to sign the climate agreement earlier in October. Not all signatories have ratified the treaty yet.

The Trump administration will not be able to formally extricate the USA from the climate agreement until 2020.

In order to keep global temperatures less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the agreement calls on each country to craft a plan to fight climate change.

The war itself has caused an worldwide refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries.

The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been criticized by much of the global community for alleged war crimes committed by government forces since the conflict began in 2011.

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White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said the United States hasn't changed its position on climate change and pointed to a statement by the Trump administration when Nicaragua joined the agreement.

This makes the United States the only country on the planet not a part of the climate deal.

The UN is hosting the COP23 climate change conference this week in Bonn, Germany.

Membership for Syria under President Bashar al-Assad would isolate the United States, the world's biggest economy and second largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China, as the only nation opposed to the accord. We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. He was spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

Barack Obama signed the treaty in his second term as US president.

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 report comes after Nicaragua last month signed the agreement, which left the USA and Syria as the only two countries not supporting it.

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