U.S. only country to reject climate deal after Syria signs up

Posted November 09, 2017

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said "clearly a mistake was made" Tuesday after a tweet from her official departmental account praised Syria for joining the Paris climate agreement. The effort was spearheaded by the Obama administration to codify an global commitment to ward off the impact of climate change.

On June 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that he would withdraw the country from the Paris climate accord, asserting that it would hobble jobs and economic growth, according to The New York Times.

With Nicaragua signing the Paris Agreement in October, this leaves the U.S.as the only country to oppose the accord.

Meyer said businesses, mayors, cities and other groups were also stepping up actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions that scientists link to more droughts, heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels.

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

It's because Trump hasn't signed on to the Paris Accord, and won't.

If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the US withdrawal would take effect in November 2020. Nicaragua, which was one of the last holdouts, in September announced it would join the accord.

"The December 12 summit aims to bring together key players in the world of climate and finance".

The Paris Climate Accord was formed under Obama's andministration, and Trump's decision to leave it sparked worldwide outcry.

With the United States being the sole country that refuses to support the framework, an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has relayed that President Donald Trump is not invited to the climate summit that is scheduled to be held on Paris next month with over a hundred countries expected to attend.

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

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", the assessment stated.