US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

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Biden says he will rejoin the Paris climate agreement on first day of presidency if he wins the election

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, joined by vice presidential nominee Sen.

The Trump administration told the United Nations it intends to pull out of the agreement in 2017.

"We remain committed to working with all USA stakeholders and partners around the world to accelerate climate action, and with all signatories to ensure the full implementation of the Paris Agreement", they added. The U.S. will probably announce that it is rejoining Paris on the first day of the incoming Biden administration.

The former vice president tweeted the news on the same day that the United States officially withdrew from the landmark climate change agreement.

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Should Biden win the presidency and recommit the country to the agreement, it would mark one of likely many Trump initiatives that Biden would seek to reverse in his first 100 days in office.

The Trump administration formally submitted notification to the United Nations to officially start the U.S. withdrawal process from the Paris Agreement in November 2019, after making the decision to leave in July 2017.

Trump has aggressively championed the fossil fuel industry, questioned the science of climate change and weakened other environmental protections.

The US is the world's second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions after China, producing around 15 percent of the world's total carbon dioxide emission. "The Paris Agreement provides the right framework to achieve this".

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While the Trump administration has shunned federal measures to cut emissions, states, cities and businesses in the United States have pressed ahead with their own efforts.

Trump gave a one-year notice to leave the Paris accord on November 4, 2019.

Niklas Hohne, a climate scientist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a member of a simulation group called Climate Action Tracker, wrote on Twitter that "Biden's climate plan alone could reduce temperature increase in the order of 0.1°C".

The agreement was initiated under President Barack Obama in 2015, and is an worldwide pact between nearly 200 countries aiming to lower their carbon emissions and avoid the Earth's temperature rising 2 degrees Celsius - or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which scientists believe will lead to more extreme natural disasters, food shortages and mass migration due to changing environments. "Every tenth of a degree counts", he said.

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"Biden, meanwhile, made tackling climate change an important part of his presidential campaign, B" according to a CNBC report, and outlining a $1.7 trillion plan to invest in clean energy infrastructure over ten years. Of the 195 signatories (194 states and the European Union) that initially signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, 189 have now ratified the agreement.

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