Today, US officially rejoins Paris Climate accord, 107 days after it quit

19 Février, 2021, 19:57 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Climate change

Mr Biden has promised to chart a path toward net-zero U.S. emissions by 2050.

As the United States officially re-enters the Paris climate accord on Friday, expectations are rising that Washington will step up funding to help poor countries adopt clean energy and adapt to more extreme weather as the planet warms.

"Doing our fair share of climate action means addressing the injustices we have visited on those communities - starting with providing real financial support for just and equitable climate action in developing countries", he said in a statement.

The US is expected to announce its updated 2030 target ahead of a major economies climate summit which Biden will host on Earth Day, 22 April. "A cry that can't be any more desperate or any more clear now".

Scientists and foreign diplomats have welcomed the U.S. return to the treaty, which became official 30 days after President Joe Biden ordered the move on his first day in office.

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing the pullout ordered by Trump. The Trump administration had announced its withdrawal from the Paris accord in 2019, but it didn't become effective until November 4, 2020, the day after the election, because of provisions in the agreement.

John Kerry, President Joe Biden's administration's climate envoy, sounded the alarm on an upcoming climate crisis. She was one of the leading forces in hammering out the 2015 mostly voluntary agreement in which nations set their own goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

One fear was that other nations would follow America in abandoning the climate fight, but none did, Ms Figueres said. American emissions rose slightly in the first two years of the Trump administration.

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She added that the real issue was four years of climate inaction by the Trump administration, as American cities, states and businesses still worked to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide but without the federal government.

"From a political symbolism perspective, whether it's 100 days or four years, it's basically the same thing", she said. "Its objective is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see".

"We've lost too much time".

Joe Thwaites, a sustainable finance associate at the Washington-based World Resources Institute, said commitments to specific climate funds could be announced before or in the plan, but it should also give a broader view of how the United States intends to approach climate finance over Biden's term.

Tim Gore, head of the climate programme at The Institute for European Environmental Policy, said that the average United States citizen has a carbon footprint ten times higher than the global emissions per capita needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

"Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be "add-ons" in our foreign policy discussions". "It is vital in our discussions of national security, migration, global health efforts, and in our economic diplomacy and trade talks".

It is expected to present its reduction target to the United Nations by April. It means wealthy countries such as the USA, EU nations, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and others have bigger responsibility to cut their respective emissions to reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2 degree C and pursuing 1.5 degree C. Since these nations had been industrialized early and seen economic growth by using fossil fuels, their contribution to overall historical emission is much more than countries like India.

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