US release written notification that it wants to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
Aug 8, Washington DC: The US government has issued its first written notification that the US intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
According to reports the notice to the United Nations the US state department said Washington would remain in the talks processPresident Donald Trump drew international condemnation in June when he first announced the US intention to withdraw.
He said the deal "punished" the US and would cost millions of American jobs."Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement regarding the US intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so," the US statement read.
"The United States will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings... to protect US interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration."
Smoke belched out from a heating factory in Heihe, in north-eastern China's Heilongjiang province, 22 November 2015
A joint summit statement said it "took note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement".
However, leaders of the other G20 members agreed the accord was "irreversible".
The Paris accord aims to limit the global rise in temperature attributed to emissions. Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up.
Countries agreed to:
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
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
Review each country's contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge
Enable rich countries to help poorer nations by providing "climate finance" to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy
Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the world's average temperature has risen by about 0.8C since 1880, two-thirds of that since 1975.
US think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3C, or 3.6C without the US.
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