Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed

Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed

"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.

Despite the announcement the French foreign ministry said Syria was not invited to the Paris gathering.

This now leaves the United States as the only country in the world not to have committed to the Agreement - a list which includes current worldwide adversaries such as Russia, North Korea, and now Syria.

The mistake being that Canada, through her ministry, had just tweeted its congratulations to Syria for signing the Paris climate accord in a Twitter account that features a smiling McKenna as its avatar. Other countries in the deal said that isn't possible. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from Trump's business council in protest.

"With Syria's decision, the relentless commitment of the global community to deliver on Paris is more evident than ever", said Paula Caballero, director of the climate change program at the World Resources Institute. "Is he accusing them of somehow buying into a hoax?"

It will then take one year to fully withdraw, meaning the earliest the United States could officially withdraw is the day after the 2020 election.

"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.

The only other previous holdout, Nicaragua, announced in September that it would join the pact.

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

The United Nations welcomed Syria's statement as a declaration of intent to adhere to the Paris pact.

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

"Many of these events bear the tell-tale sign of climate change caused by increased greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities", he said. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence".