Syria signs Paris climate agreement

Flooding hits the Western side of Hong Kong close to the Central district after a torrential downpour 24 June 2005

Flooding hits the Western side of Hong Kong close to the Central district after a torrential downpour 24 June 2005

Syria produces only a tiny fraction of global emissions, but every country that is party to the accord, including poverty-stricken and war-torn nations and tiny islands, has produced a plan for cutting carbon output.

Syria has reportedly signed the Paris climate agreement.

At that time, Syria and Nicaragua were the only other countries that had not signed. The effort was spearheaded by the Obama administration to codify an global commitment to ward off the impact of climate change.

Syria must submit their "instruments of ratification" at the United Nations headquarters in NY before their adherence becomes official, he added. Nicaragua's left-wing government, which originally denounced the plan as too weak, signed up last month. The Nicaraguan government snubbed the accord because it believed the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 was not ambitious enough.

While the Obama administration initially signed on to the agreement in December 2015, President Trump voiced plans to leave it this June, claiming that switching over to clean energy will hurt the US economy. Other countries in the deal said that isn't possible.

An invitation will soon be sent to invite the United States "at a diplomatic level", the official said. After hearing about Syria's decision, Sen. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.

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The announcement came from a Syrian delegate during the current U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, where more than 200 countries were represented.

In June, Trump said that the USA would pull out of the 2015 Paris accord unless he can secure a better deal. "Is he accusing them of somehow buying into a hoax?"

The fact that the second-worst emitter of carbon dioxide in the world (behind only China) is the only one against the agreement clearly reflects poorly on the U.S.as a nation.

Syria is also joining, and announced its move Tuesday at climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Der Spiegel reported.

The summit, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, will host more than 100 world leaders in France on December 12, according to The Associated Press.

The Trump administration has not said what those terms might be. 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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