Paris accord: US and Syria alone as Nicaragua signs

Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, agreed last week the sign the Paris Climate Agreement, stating that “scientists from more developed countries, scientists working at Nasa, European scientists, everyone agrees that we must stop the process that is leading to the destruction of the planet”. This leaves the United States and Syria as the only two countries remaining that have not shown their support for the Paris climate agreement after Nicaragua officially signed it. The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement between all who sign to deal with the issue of climate change. The United States and other 187 countries involved agree to keep “rising global temperatures well below 2C above pre-industrial levels”. Last year, Nicaragua refused to sign, stating that it did not go into great enough detail to really resolve the climate change issue. The United States, on the other hand, as stated from Donald Trump will try and find a better deal that does not bring disadvantages to U.S. businesses. Back in June, President Trump stated that the United States would be withdrawing from the deal, but the agreement had stated that withdrawing cannot be done until 2020. He believes that this agreement is a disadvantage for the US and will impoverish the country, claiming that it would cost the US 6.5 million jobs and $3tn in lost GDP while showing more favoritism towards countries like India and China. Nicaragua strives for more green energy politics. They have no oil and more than 50% of their electricity are produced from geothermic, wind, solar, biomass, and wave power.


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