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.”

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Hurricane Harvey disaster in Houston, Texas

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sandy-Level Hurricanes May Occur Every Five Years Due to Climate Change

26 August 2017

Leading climatologist Benjamin Horton talks about recent reports from NASA and NOAA showing increasingly higher global temperatures, and explains why the dangerous human-caused trend could spell disaster.

08/27/2017 01:41 pm ET Updated 20 minutes ago. Dramatic Photos Show Texas Under Water, With Flooding Expected To Worsen. The muddy floodwaters have taken out highways, buildings and numerous cars: here.

By Eline Gordts and Nick Robins-Early in the USA:

08/27/2017 09:30 am ET Updated 24 minutes ago

Houston Faces Catastrophic Flooding And Rain As Tropical Storm Harvey Lingers

Five people have reportedly died in the Houston area, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Hurricane Harvey leaves a path of devastation through Texas, destroying buildings and causing widespread power outages. Rising waters now threaten thousands of homes.
  • Houston is under a flood warning after a “deluge” of intense rain hit the city overnight Saturday. The city’s emergency services are at capacity, and the William P. Hobby airport has canceled all inbound and outbound flights.
  • The exact death toll is unclear, although the National Weather Service reports five people have died in the Houston area.
  • Catastrophic flooding and heavy rainfall is expected for days to come.
  • The Houston area may get 50 inches of rainfall in some areas through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Authorities urge citizens to stay off the streets and to climb to rooftops if they are trapped.

Two days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas, the city of Houston faced life-threatening, catastrophic flooding that authorities warned could last for days and become “historic.

The National Weather Service reported on Sunday morning that while winds were decreasing and Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, heavy rainfall created life-threatening hazard across much of the state’s southeast region.

Harvey live updates: here.

I wish relief and recovery for all injured people; I wish relief and strength for all survivors of this horrible natural disaster.

Natural disaster? Not exclusively. A political disaster as well. If politicians like George W. Bush and Donald Trump would, instead of spending billions of United States taxpayers’ money, and intending to spend still much more, on building walls along the Mexican border, would have spent and would spend that money on seawalls protecting United States coastal cities like Houston and Donald Trump’s native New York City from hurricanes like Harvey now, then that would have saved and would still save many human, and animal, lives.

This March 2016 report is about protecting the Texas coastal region with a ‘coastal spine’. However, now 17 months later, nothing has happened yet, as politicians kept quarreling instead of acting.