USA stands alone as Syria plans to join Paris climate accord

The Paris climate summit reached an agreement

The US State Department has attempted to downplay the isolation, saying if the Syrian government really cared about air quality "it wouldn't be gassing its own people" - a reference to a raft of chemical attacks mostly blamed on government forces.

The move leaves the USA, which caused an global outcry in June when Trump announced plans to pull out of the pact, the world's sole hold-out. "We take no pleasure in the United States being out".

The United States is now the only country on Earth that's declined to be a part of the Paris climate agreement, after Syria announced Tuesday it would join the landmark 2015 pact. "Syria has not been invited", the ministry said in a terse statement. There was no applause, however, at a conference where Assad's government has few allies.

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

"Canada Salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris Agreement!".

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

David Waskow, of the World Resources Institute think-tank, noted that Trump's climate views had previously isolated him from other leading economies in the Group of Seven and the Group of 20.

If the Trump administration follows through with its threat, the USA withdrawal would take effect in November 2020, on the day after the presidential election.

Additionally, scientist have also unearthed that the current emission levels were not low enough (under two degrees) to ensure that the sea levels do not rise as a result of global warming, which makes that 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 target - set by top polluters hailing from United States, European Union, China and India - an ambitious goal.

At the meeting Monday, the United Nations' weather and climate agency, the World Meteorological Organization, announced 2017 will definitely be among the three hottest years on record.

The Paris agreement aims to combat global warming by gradually reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which come from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.

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