The U.S. will soon re-join the Paris Climate Accord

The president-elect Joe Biden pledged to re-join the Paris Climate Accord on Day 1.

The US has officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement on the 4th November 2020. As of November 2020 the only countries with over 1% share of global emissions which are not parties are the United States, Iran, and Turkey.

What was agreed in the Paris Climate Accord agreed in 2015?

1. Keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

2. Limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100.

3. Review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge.

4. Enable rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy.

In addition to re-joining the Paris Climate Accord, Joe Biden also pledged a $2tn green stimulus package to help reduce US emissions and pledged to cut US emissions to net zero by 2050.

Source: The Financial Times

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