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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Syria signs Paris climate agreement

Syria signs Paris climate agreement

"While action on (the) post-2020 period under the Paris Agreement has gained momentum, the discussions on pre-2020 actions have lagged behind", India's chief negotiator Ravi S. Prasad said earlier this week.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United Nations welcomed Syria's statement as a declaration of intent to adhere to the Paris pact.

Nicaraguan leaders argued that the deal did not go far enough toward keeping carbon emissions at safe levels and helping vulnerable countries protect themselves from the effects of climate change.

The U.N.'s weather agency said on Monday that this year is on track to be the second or third warmest since records began in the 19th century, behind a record-breaking 2016, and about 1.1 Celsius (2F) above pre-industrial times. "The Paris agreement, despite not being the ideal agreement, is the only instrument that now allows this unity of intentions and efforts", they said.

On Facebook, user Brian McNoldy noted that Syria took action even though it is now involved in a civil war.

It is not clear what has changed, and the Syrian delegate who spoke Tuesday did not offer an explanation for the government's decision.

It's "extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", the report concludes.

"I find it ironic that the government of Syria, OK, would say that it wants to be involved, and that it cares so much about climate and things like Carbon dioxide gas", she told reporters. He described the U.S.as "left in the dust behind industrial giants, third-world developing countries, and everyone in between".

Under the rules of the Paris agreement, the United States can not formally withdraw until late 2020.

Despite Trump's statements that his decision would invigorate the American economy, the U.S.is still in the process of leaving the accord signed by Barack Obama. Until then, administration officials have said, they will continue to negotiate the terms of the deal, but they have not specified what changes would be sufficient for the United States to reconsider quitting.

Australia has a 34-strong delegation at the Bonn talks, and environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg will attend from November 14 to 16 for ministerial sessions.

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