The US Is Officially The Only Country Against The Paris Climate Agreement

Presidents Xi and Trump met in Germany at the G20 summit in July

"Syria's announcement that it will join the Paris agreement leaves President Trump in not-so-splendid isolation as a result of his irresponsible and ignorant decision to withdraw the United States from the most comprehensive effort ever to confront the mounting climate crisis", said Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Not all signatories have ratified the treaty yet.

It will then take one year to fully withdraw, meaning the earliest the United States could officially withdraw is the day after the 2020 election.

That move put the country with Syria and Nicaragua as nations that were not part of the deal, though Nicaragua, which originally said that the agreement did not go far enough, announced last month that it has already submitted the paperwork to join.

The Paris agreement seeks to limit a rise in temperatures to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, ideally 1.5.

Trump has said he will pull out of the Paris agreement unless Washington can secure more favourable terms for American businesses and taxpayers.

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"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 risky position", an environmental NGO, the Sierra Club, relayed in a statement - criticising the United State's position.

Membership for Syria under President Bashar al-Assad would isolate the United States, the world's biggest economy and second largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China, as the only nation opposed to the accord. But comments on social media were directed more at the United States and Donald Trump. He was spoke on customary condition of anonymity. "So everyone has joined and the now so isolated".

"I would ask Donald Trump, does he think that [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping], [France's] President [Emmanuel] Macron - that the Prime Minister of Great Britain [Theresa May], the Chancellor of Germany [Angela Merkel] - don't know what they're talking about?"

The same day, Macron said "wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again" and called on USA -based scientists to come to France to work on climate-related issues, in an unprecedented English-language speech from the French presidential palace.

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