By Sarah Keane • 04 November 2020 • 20:28
US formally exits Paris Agreement aimed at curbing climate change
On Wednesday, November 4 the United States formally left the Paris Agreement, a global contract aimed at averting the threat of catastrophic climate change.
The Trump administration began the withdrawal procedure from the 5 year pact a year ago, which aims to keep the increase in average worldwide temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels.
Scientists say that any rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius could have a devastating impact on large parts of the world, raising sea levels, stoking tropical storms and worsening droughts and floods.
The withdrawal of the US will make it more difficult for other countries to meet the goals.
189 countries around the globe remain committed to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has indicated that, if successful in the presidential race, he would be in favour of re-entering the pact.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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