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Only Nicaragua and Syria back Trump on climate

Friday, May 19, 2017


One of Donald Trump’s prominent campaign promises — to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 U.N. accord that aims to combat climate change — may soon become reality.

The move, which senior officials have said could come as early as this week, would be one of several Obama-era environmental milestones that Trump has dismantled. And all the while, a new study shows global temperatures might be rising faster than expected.

Leaving the agreement would displace the U.S. from a stance of global leadership and place it alongside just two non-participating countries: Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, whose GDP per capita is just 4 percent of the U.S.’s. Even countries such as Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are among the poorest in the world and were struggling with an Ebola epidemic at the time, have signed on.

Source: Washington Post