United States Stands Alone & Isolated As Syria Commits To Paris Climate Agreement

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President Donald Trump said in June that the United States would withdraw from the accord, saying it put the country at a disadvantage. With Nicaragua signing the Paris Agreement in October, this leaves the U.S.as the only country to oppose the accord.

The Bonn meeting, from November 6-17, is seeking to write a detailed "rule book" for the Paris agreement, including details of how to report and check all nations' greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. 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.

Despite the announcement the French foreign ministry said Syria was not invited to the Paris gathering. Apparently, the war-torn country announced to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) on Tuesday that it would ratify the Agreement, confirming reports from the Syrian Arab News Agency late last month that lawmakers in the city's capital, Damascus, "approved a draft law on ratifying Syria's accession to the Paris Climate Agreement".

The UN is hosting the COP23 climate change conference this week in Bonn, Germany.

On June 2, former Secretary of State John Kerry of the Obama administration called the USA withdraw from the Paris agreement "one of the most cynical and frankly ignorant and risky, self-destructive steps that I've seen in my entire lifetime in public life".

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

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.

"We are joining with our partners from every part of the world to do what needs to be done to prevent irreversible climate change", he said. "We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping (122 degrees Farenheit) in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa".

The US government on Friday released a report, prepared by hundreds of scientists, on climate change and its primary cause: human activity.

The WMO also said 2017 will be the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded.