Syria is about to sign the Paris climate change agreement — leaving the US out in the cold

Environmentalists demonstrate in Paris in December 2015.

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Environmentalists demonstrate in Paris in December 2015.
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    Syria has just announced it would join the Paris Agreement. The agreement set a goal to keep the planet from further global warming. This leaves the US alone in rejecting the historic climate accord.

The United States is about to become the only country in the world not signed up to the Paris Agreement.

Syria announced it would sign up to the 2015 climate accord, attendees of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, also known as COP23, tweeted on Tuesday.

Until Tuesday, Syria and the US were the only countries refusing to be a part of the 2015 agreement, which set a global goal to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

Nicaragua, which initially rejected the agreement because the government thought it didn’t go far enough, announced last month that it would join.

The US, under President Obama, signed the agreement in December 2015 alongside 194 other nations. But the Trump administration announced in June it would withdraw from the accord, fulfilling a key campaign pledge. The earliest withdrawal date for the US is on November 4, 2020 – one day after the next presidential election.