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The United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

By Cristian Frers

The president announced that he made the decision "for the welfare of US citizens." He also pointed out that the agreement signed in Paris by the government of his predecessor, Barak Obama, was the "most recent example" of Washington, signing agreements that do not benefit To united states.

The objective of the agreement is that the joint emission of greenhouse gases by the signatory countries remains utopianly zero by the second half of the century. To do this, they should emit gases at a level that can be compensated through natural or artificial mechanisms in order to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

A day after Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, the White House refused to answer whether the president thought the same. While many other leaders pledged to confront this problem, even without the United States, the advisers to the American president came out to defend their position and, faced with pressure from the media, expressed not knowing what the president's thinking is about the data. scientists. The fact that the United States withdraws from the Paris agreement could translate into severe impacts for the climate in the world, with increasingly extreme phenomena of floods, forest fires and droughts that, in countries like Argentina, will cause high human and financial costs .

On the same day that the United States withdraws from the agreement, the news is confirmed that a huge mass of ice of 5,000 square kilometers (the size of the City of London, the island of Mallorca or three times the city of Mexico) is about to break away from the frozen continent.

A huge crack in the ice of the LarsenC Platform, which had been progressively enlarging, began to advance in an excessive way, and was widened ten and seven kilometers, in just one week, according to the observations of the specialists of the MIDAS project.

The breaking point is very close, that is to say that in a few days a large piece of Antarctica could detach itself from it forever and become a huge iceberg in the drifting sea.

This is the blow of Trump's policy against the environment and the censorship of scientists who investigate climate change and the rejection of the plan that Barak Obama proposed to reduce carbon emissions - even thoughThis nation is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases.

The withdrawal of the US from the commitments acquired in Paris in December 2015 means that North America leaves that group of nations, where all the world's leading economies are committed. In fact, only two countries have not signed the historic document: Syria - which six years of devastating war has prevented its inclusion - and Nicaragua, which withdrew from the negotiations in protest of the lack of ambition and commitment; even North Korea has signed the agreement. This landmark agreement signals the beginning of the end of the era of fossil fuels. The speed with which almost all countries committed themselves to their revolutionary goals attests to the urgency of the problem we face.

But it is only one step in a long way. What matters now is how each country implements the Agreement and accelerates change. Paris was just the beginning of a journey that will free us from carbon pollution. And there is a long way to go.


Video: President Trump: The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. C-SPAN (July 2021).