"An important date is coming up. On November 4, the day after the
election, the United States will earn a dubious distinction: It will
become the only country in the world to formally exit the Paris
agreement. In the historic global climate change deal, struck in 2015,
189 countries agreed on nonbinding domestic targets to keep global
temperatures well below a disastrous 2 degrees Celsius.
The Paris deal marked a breakthrough in that it encouraged rapidly
growing nations like China and India to take action to combat climate
change alongside United States and Europe, historically the world’s
largest sources of emissions. Rather than set universal emissions cuts,
it allowed each nation to determine their contributions. The countries’
initial pledges were considered a starting point—the expectation was
that everyone would return to the negotiating table in 2020 with more
ambitious cuts to carbon pollution.
In 2017, President Trump, surprising no one, announced his intent to
withdraw the United States from the agreement. There was a silver
lining: Instead of inspiring a complete unraveling of the plan, his
threat had the opposite effect—no country exited the agreement, and in
fact 38 more countries have joined since 2017."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics