12:18 GMT04 August 2020
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    One more country has joined the international efforts to reduce emissions in the atmosphere.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is now the only country in the world that remains opposed to the Paris Climate Agreement as a Syrian delegate has announced during a plenary session of the current climate talks in Bonn that Syria is ready to send its ratification of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations.

    The other previous holdout to the deal, Nicaragua, announced its ratification of the climate agreement last month.

    The Paris agreement, which has so far been ratified by 162 signatories out of a total of 197, entered into force on November 4, 2016. The agreement serves to outline the participants' ambitions and plans for reducing emissions, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and sets the goal to keep the increase in average global temperature at below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). 

    US Withdrawal From Paris Deal

    In June, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, with the formal notification filed with the United Nations in August. However, according to Article 28 of the agreement, the earliest actual withdrawal date for the United States is November 4, 2020.

    Trump's decision has prompted harsh criticism at home and abroad, with a number of Paris deal participants, including France, calling on Washington to reconsider its withdrawal.

    READ MORE: Macron Says Trump May Reverse US Pullout From Paris Climate Accord

    Environmental analysts told Sputnik earlier that the US business community and local authorities intentded to invest in renewable energy amid the government's apparently mixed signals regarding participation in the Paris agreement on climate change.


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