The US formally withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement

Aishwarya Iyer
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The US President Donald Trump formally announced the exit of the nation from the Paris Climate Agreement post the US Election season

The United States has formally left the global climate accord – the Paris Climate Agreement. This move wasn’t a current declaration as three years ago US President Donald Trump had announced his ‘intention’ to avert the pact that was made by his predecessor Barack Obama during his tenure.

As per United Nations Climate Change (UNCC), the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees (2.7 Fahrenheit) Celsius.

This being said, for the first time through this Agreement, all nations are coming together to undertake efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. This agreement is said to address crucial areas like a long-temperature goal, mitigation, climate change education, global peaking, and climate neutrality, etc. Around 195 countries, along with the US, signed the agreement in the year 2015, after which the agreement came into force on November 4, 2016.

It is said that the US, being the world’s second-biggest emitter of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide and cutting emissions, after China, is seen as an important part. However, Trump, while announcing the formal exit on Wednesday called the Agreement “job-killing” and said it would “punish the American people while enriching foreign polluters.”

Post Trump’s statement, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, took it to Twitter to react to it. Biden stated, “The Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement and in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.”

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