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The US is now the world's only Paris climate deal holdout after Syria signed on



Syria has signed the Paris climate agreement aimed at combating greenhouse gas emissions, according to The Independent.

The Independent on Tuesday reported that Syria’s move makes the U.S. the only nation on Earth not to back the landmark pact for fighting climate change.

Syria announced its signature of the deal in Bonn, Germany at the COP 23 United Nations climate summit.

Nicaragua officially signed the accord last month, leaving the U.S. and Syria as the two remaining holdouts.

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The Central American nation had previously argued that the agreement did not go far enough in placing limits upon greenhouse gas emissions.

Nicaragua also charged that the deal did not help poorer countries adapt to an already-altered planet through adequate financial commitments from their wealthier counterparts.

Authorities in France say that President Trump is also absent from a list of more than 100 global leaders invited to Paris for a climate summit next month.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to use the Dec. 12 event to promote his “Make our Planet Great Again” agenda.

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A French diplomatic official on Tuesday said that the nations invited are “especially committed” to implementing the accord.

The official added that an invitation will soon get sent to the U.S. “at a diplomatic level” instead.

Macron’s event is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the landmark agreement’s creation.

The agreement consisted of individual greenhouse gas limits that each of the roughly 200 original signatory nations decided upon for themselves.

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The pact aims at limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

Trump last June announced he would formally withdraw America from the deal, calling it “unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

The earliest the U.S. can exit the pact is Nov. 4, 2020, and America had previously been pledged to a 26 to 28 percent cut in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 as part of the deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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