Despite growing calls to tackle climate change, there will be counter-tones. A typical example is the announcement by the United States of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. This time, however, the United States sent representatives to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The U.S. government delegation was led by Marcia Berniecarter, the State Department official responsible for marine and international environmental and scientific affairs. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a 15-member congressional delegation to the meeting.
“Although the United States has announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it will continue to participate in ongoing climate change negotiations and meetings to ensure that U.S. interests are protected in a level playing field,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement on November 30. ”
British media: U.S. is “on the opposite path”
On December 2nd the Financial Times, under the headline “Increasing differences over global climate targets” at the United Nations climate conference, the European Parliament declared a “climate emergency” and urged EU member states to take stronger environmental measures. At the same time, some countries, represented by the United States, are “on the opposite path”.
The United States has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world, and on November 4th the United States announced the formal start of the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, which takes a year under the Paris Agreement, meaning it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on November 4next.
What is the Paris Agreement?
In December 2015, nearly 200 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change unanimously adopted the Paris Agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference. In November 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force, the second legally binding climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, after the Kyoto Protocol, to arrange for global action to address climate change beyond 2020. The Paris Agreement stipulates that all parties will work together to combat climate change in an “autonomous contribution”, with the goal of keeping the average global temperature rise within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and working to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.