The United States officially returned to the Paris Climate Agreement on Friday, with President Joe Biden’s administration vowing to make environmental battles a top priority.
The world’s largest economy and second-largest carbon emitter was formally returned in 2015, soon after Biden took office, aiming to withstand the planet’s dangerous rising temperatures.
The re-entry of the United States means that the Paris Agreement again includes almost every country since Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump made the United States the only outlier.
“Climate change and science diplomacy may not be an ‘add-on’ to our foreign policy discussions again,” said in a statement saluting the return of the United States.
“Addressing real threats Climate change And listening to our scientists is at the heart of our domestic and foreign policy priorities. This is important in our discussions on national security, migration international health efforts, and in our economic diplomacy and trade negotiations. “
While praising the Paris Agreement, negotiated by former President Barack Obama, Blinken said that the upcoming Climate Diplomacy will be decisive.
Biden planned a climate conference on Earth Day on 22 April, and John Kerry, former Secretary of State and now US climate envoy, called on the world to raise ambitions during the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November .
Biden vowed to make the US electricity sector pollution-free by 2035 and move to a completely net-zero-emission economy by 2050.
Trump, an ally of the fossil fuel industry, had argued that the Paris climate agreement was unfair to the United States.
But the goals of the Paris Agreement are essentially non-binding, with each country drafting its own measures – a point from Obama and Carey’s point of view Political opposition At home.
The Paris Agreement aims to limit the global temperature range to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and to advance efforts to go below 1.5 degrees.
Amidst the political clues that climate change is already taking a major toll, a recent study shows that 480,000 people have died so far this season, a result of extreme weather-related natural disasters. I have been in this century.
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