After months of civil war, Syria has finally signed the Paris Climate Agreement, making the United States as the only country to not participate in the historic climate deal.
It can be remembered that in June 2017, however, according to the original agreement, this cannot be done until 2020.
For several months, the Paris Accord has been a popular and controversial topic in the United States or at least since the Donald Trump administration decided to pull the country out of the historic climate deal.
The pact is subscribing all the country in the world to the agreed framework for combating global greenhouse gas emissions.
Last December 2015, when the Paris deal was adopted by more than 190 countries, that time only Nicaragua and Syria abstained from participating in the agreement.
Nicaragua only signed in October of this year, and now Syria has decided to ratify the deal. This leaves the US as the only country that was part of the original negotiations which hasn’t signed it.
According to Syrian officials present in the talks, Syria was under the stress of war during the time the Paris deal was being negotiated. It’s only now that the middle eastern country has found the breathing room to finally consider the agreement and send the United Nations its ratification documents.
Under the Paris climate deal, signatory states and countries are mandated to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and eventually to push for temperature increase no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Also, efforts to achieve these goals include, as noted in the agreement, “Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production.”
According to some experts, despite not being a part of the agreement, they believe that the Washington might still be able to reach these goals.
Known as the Climate Alliance, these 13 states and Puerto Rico represent over 33 percent of the US population, which is why it’s no surprise that they cover some 1.3 million jobs built on renewable and clean energy. Together with these states, a number of US cities have also solidified local goals in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions or even eliminating fossil fuel use altogether.