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Paris climate accord: Biden announces US will rejoin landmark agreement

January 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Hours after he was sworn in, President Joe Biden announced the US plans to reenter the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement signed in 2015 to limit global warming, in a sign of Biden's urgency to address the climate crisis.

(CNN)Hours after he was sworn in, President Joe Biden announced the US plans to reenter the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement signed in 2015 to limit global warming, in a sign of Biden's urgency to address the climate crisis.

Experts say that rejoining the agreement s is a significant step by the Biden administration to reverse the climate policies of the last four years.

Under the agreement, countries are expected to enhance their commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions every five years.

Biden is also signing a raft of executive orders aimed at gutting Trump's climate and environmental policies.

The whiplash on federal climate policy the world has felt from the US has damaged its reputation internationally, and experts say other countries will want to see concrete actions to back up Biden's words.

Last year was supposed to be the next mile marker for nations to increase their greenhouse gas emission pledges, but the pandemic postponed a major UN climate summit that was scheduled for last fall.

Conducting robust stakeholder consultations is important because the Biden administration should gather all of the advice they can, so that when they put something forward it has wide political support," said Alden Meyer, a senior associate at E3G, an independent climate change think tank.

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