The attendees of the United Nations (UN) climate talks yesterday (Nov 7) witnessed a historical moment when Syria announced that it will become a signatory of the Paris Climate Agreement - subsequently isolating the United States, who abandoned the framework that was created to tackle climate change in June of this year.
Syria has not yet submitted targets for cutting greenhouse gases. Dick Durban, D-Ill., called it "embarrassing" for the US, while Sen.
The U.S. has become the only nation in the world to not participate in the Paris Climate Accord, an worldwide agreement to voluntarily lower carbon emissions in an effort to curb rising global temperatures.
US 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 US coal and oil industries. 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".
Out of the United Nation's 193 member countries, only two others weren't signed on to the agreement as of this fall: Nicaragua and Syria.
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On Oct. 23, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris accord, despite its previous reservations.
"As if it wasn't already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and unsafe position", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune told EcoWatch, in response to Syria's move.
"It is 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", Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said, according to Reuters.
The fact that the second-worst emitter of carbon dioxide in the world (behind only China) is the only one against the agreement clearly reflects poorly on the U.S.as a nation.
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Many of these events bear the tell-tale sign of climate change caused by increased greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities", he said.