President Biden has recommitted the USA to the Paris Agreement – the collective of countries pledged to combat global warming. The US was among the original signatures to the Agreement in 2016, but withdrew during the presidency of Donald Trump.
As early as 2017, Trump notified the UN of his intention to leave the Agreement. The rules of the climate commitment, however, mean that members can only give notice at least three years after entering in the first place. As of November 2019, then, the formal withdrawal notice was submitted and – after one year – the US pulled out in November 2020.
Scientists, climate activists, and business leaders, were highly critical of the US administration’s move, although many US companies opted to remain individually committed to the requirements of the Paris Agreement.
Temperature control is the Agreement’s primary goal. It’s a pledge to try to keep the increase in global average temperature to underneath 2 degrees Centigrade or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. On the other, it also pursues efforts to limit the increase of global average temperature to 1.5 degrees Centigrade or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. At the same time, it seeks to level the playing field for dealing with climate change and its adverse impacts.
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