Syria plans to join Paris climate change agreement, isolating US

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Syria signs Paris climate agreement

"As the president previously stated, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms they are more favourable for our country", the statement read.

"It is our understanding that the government of Syria announced today their intent to join the Paris Agreement", said Nick Nuttall, the spokesman for the United Nations climate body. And while Syria was not present for the initial climate negotiations, the country's Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Environment, M. Wadah Katmawi, said that it too will now ratify the accord, during a meeting at the start of the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

Syria must submit their "instruments of ratification" at the United Nations headquarters in NY before their adherence becomes official, he added.

"That's great", said Chai Qimin, a climate negotiator from China's National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation.

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"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters", Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said, according to Reuters. With Nicaragua signing the Paris Agreement in October, this leaves the U.S.as the only country to oppose the accord.

"I find it ironic that the government of Syria, OK, would say that it wants to be involved, and that it cares so much about climate and things like Carbon dioxide gas", she told reporters. Other countries in the deal said that isn't possible.

If emissions are reduced as spelled out in the agreement, scientists and policymakers say it will prevent a major increase in global temperatures that would raise sea levels, spark major droughts, and lead to more unsafe storms.

On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990.

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"This means Trump is in splendid isolation - no one wants to be in his company", said Alden Meyer, a veteran climate analyst at the Washington-based Union of Concerned Scientists. The other big feature on McKenna's personal Twitter account is never-ending happy stories about renewable energy and government programs to address climate change, so much so that you would never know the government she represents claims the world faces an imminent, existential threat from global warming in which hundreds of millions of people will soon die.

The Bonn talks center on creating global guidelines for implementing the Paris agreement, and includes two different American delegations, one from the administration and one from the "We Are Still In" coalition founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Gov.

The Sierra Club points out that no country can formally submit its intent to withdraw until three years after the date of entry into force.

If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the USA withdrawal would take effect in November 2020.

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