Syria signs Paris climate agreement, only Trump against

This video from the USA says about itself:

Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Accord

We host a roundtable discussion on President Trump’s announcement Thursday that he will withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord signed by nearly 200 nations in 2015 and heralded as a rare moment of international collaboration to avert imminent climate disaster.

We are joined by Michael Mann, distinguished professor and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University; Kumi Naidoo, South African activist, former head of Greenpeace, now chairperson of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity; Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want; and Antonia Juhasz, oil and energy journalist, author of several books, including “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry—and What We Must Do to Stop It.”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Syria signs Paris Agreement – leaving US only country in the world to refuse climate change deal

The Paris accord was first signed by nearly 200 countries in December 2015

Mythili Sampathkumar, Harry Cockburn, New York

Tuesday 7 November 2017 14:54 GMT

Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions.

When President Donald Trump announced he intended to pull the US out of the agreement, it initially meant America would join Nicaragua and Syria on a small list of countries who were not part of the deal.

The war-torn Middle East nation made the announcement in Bonn, Germany at the COP 23 UN climate summit. Syria is facing the sixth year of a brutal civil conflict, which started with rebel groups fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad and expanded to include a battle against Isis.

Global warming is a major cause of that war, as a Dutch general and many others have admitted.

Until recently Nicaragua was also a holdout nation, but only because the Central American country felt the agreement did not go far enough in putting limits on emissions and helping poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet with solid financial commitments by wealthier nations.

Scientists had confirmed the emissions levels agreed upon by top polluters like the US, EU, China, and India were not low enough to keep sea levels from rising and global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, let alone the recommended and more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100.

However, parties to the deal agreed, it was far superior to having no global climate change agreement at all.

Nicaragua has been a haven for renewable energy – more than half of the nation’s energy comes from geothermic, wind, solar, and wave energy. They plan on increasing that to a 90 per cent share by 2020.

The World Bank called it a “a renewable energy paradise” in 2013.

… Domestically [for Trump‘s USA], the Paris withdrawal appears to be part of a larger scheme to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan which was supposed to be one of the main vehicles for the US to meet Paris targets.

If left in place, the CPP would have reduced US power plants’ carbon emissions by 2030 to a level 32 per cent lower than they were in 2005.

Paula Caballero, Global Director of the Climate Program at Washington DC-based think tank the World Resources Institute said that “with Syria on board, now the entire world is resolutely committed to advancing climate action – all save one country. This should make the Trump administration pause and reflect on their ill-advised announcement about withdrawing.”

It remains to be seen whether or not this will impact the actions of the US delegation over the next fortnight of talks at COP23. The White House has said it “will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an answer to climate change.”

USA: A LEAKED MEMO SHOWS THE TALKING POINTS EPA WORKERS WERE GIVEN FOR DOWNPLAYING CLIMATE CHANGE Point 5: Suggest that humans are only responsible “in some manner.” [HuffPost]

An international team of scientists is showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call ‘hothouse Earth’ conditions: here.

A federal advisory committee started meeting in 2016 to explore how to make the National Climate Assessment more usable for communities who want to take action. President Trump dismissed the panel in 2017. But with support from the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York state and the American Meteorological Society, the committee reconvened. Today, the committee’s findings and recommendations are published in Weather, Climate and Society, a journal of the American Meteorological Society: here

TRUMP GUNS ENGINE ON PARIS CLIMATE EXIT The Trump administration began the formal process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris agreement, the historic global deal to cut climate-changing emissions. Nov. 4 was the first day any country became eligible to start the paperwork needed to pull out of the pact. [HuffPost]

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  3. Wednesday 8th November 2017

    SYRIA cemented the United States in its position as the world’s climate pariah yesterday, at last signing up to the Paris agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

    Syria and Nicaragua were the only countries not to sign the deal two years ago — Nicaragua because it felt the agreement was far too timid to avert catastrophic levels of global warming, and Syria because its government was in disarray amid a civil war fuelled by foreign countries, including the US.

    Syria announced at the COP23 conference in Bonn yesterday that it would sign up to the agreement.

    Nicaragua did so last month, with Vice-President Rosaria Murillo calling the Paris deal “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” despite its limitations.

    That leaves the US as the only country outside it after President Donald Trump’s June announcement that he would withdraw from the agreement — though US diplomats insist they will take part in climate discussions.

    Though the US did originally sign up in 2015, the country and the corporations based there have long been at the forefront of efforts to stall action to limit human-caused warming.

    However, the Paris deal itself falls well short of the action needed to avert disastrous climate change. It depends on voluntary emissions cuts by signatory states and its unmet pledges put the world on track for 2.8°C of warming by 2100, while existing policies would lift temperatures by 3.6°C.

    The world is already at 1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels, and the Paris deal has a dual target of 1.5°C and 2°C. The latter would produce significantly more extreme weather, including devastating droughts and floods, and submerge many island nations.


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