Nicaragua moves to join Paris climate accord, isolating US, Syria

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 24, 2017

Nicaragua has agreed to join the Paris climate agreement, leaving only the U.S. and Syria outside the global pact.

Rosario Murillo said that President Daniel Ortega had signed the Central American nation on to the deal even though the government still had misgivings about it.

"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", Murillo said.

Island nation Fiji will host the next round of UN climate talks from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany, where environment ministers from around the world will work on a set of worldwide guidelines for the Paris accord.

Adopted by almost 200 countries during a conference in Paris in December 2015, the document lays out a 31-page plan that seeks to keep global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, limit greenhouse gas emissions and also remove them from the atmosphere.

The Paris accord - agreed by almost 200 countries two years ago - seeks to limit planetary warming by curbing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists believe drive global warming.

Former US President Barack Obama pledged deep emissions cuts as part of the deal, but his successor Donald Trump has said the accord would cost America trillions of dollars, kill jobs and hinder the oil, gas, coal and manufacturing industries.

President Donald Trump announced June 1 that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, but he also left open the door to negotiating a better deal for USA businesses and workers.

Fiji hosts the next round of United Nations climate talks from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany.

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