Syria Plans to Join Paris Climate Agreement, Isolating US

Katrina Barker
November 9, 2017

Syria has chose to join the Paris Climate Accord, meaning that the United States is the only country in the world that is not party to the landmark agreement.

"We are going to join the Paris Agreement", the Syrian delegate, speaking in Arabic, said during a plenary session at the 196-nation talks, according to Safa Al Jayoussi of the IndyAct NGO, who was monitoring the session.

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 U.S. coal and oil industries.

Overall, the Paris agreement seeks to limit a global rise in temperatures to "well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, ideally 1.5.

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

Syria is also joining, and announced its move Tuesday at climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Der Spiegel reported. "We want the United States in too".

"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.

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

"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. Trump said. "At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?"

"We intend to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as we're eligible to do so", she said.

On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990. Paula Caballero, global director of the climate program at the World Resources Institute, tells The Guardian.

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.

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.

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