Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

A Holdout Just Joined The Paris Climate Agreement

A Holdout Just Joined The Paris Climate Agreement

Nicaragua has officially signed on to the Paris climate change agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries not supporting the accord, The Hill reports.

The Central American country's move to join the pact comes just weeks after tropical storm Nate struck the region, highlighting the vulnerability of Nicaragua and its neighbors to the effects of climate change.

This year's German-based Global Climate Risk Index said Nicaragua is the fourth most-vulnerable country to climate change in the world yet has one of the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions.

In a joint letter to the United Nations, published online by Nicaraguan newspaper El 19, Murillo and Ortega said that although the Paris deal was "not ideal" it was the "only instrument" to prevent contamination that was poisoning the planet. Scientists have agreed, saying the only chance for success is the adoption of more extreme measures.

However, President Daniel Ortega decided that Nicaragua's decision to join the Agreement will be done in support of these nations. President Donald Trump said in June the us would leave the agreement.

Nicaragua has announced it will join the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Vice President Rosario Murillo calling the global pact "the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters". Under the process the earliest the United States can formally leave the agreement is a day after the 2020 USA presidential election, fuelling speculation that a any defeat for President Trump would result in the country's time outside the agreement being short-lived. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has disputed such claims as an attempt to "politicize" natural disasters.

Officials haven't said exactly how Nicaragua will contribute.

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