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What you need to know about the Paris climate agreement

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The United States on Friday officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, a landmark global climate accord, fulfilling a campaign promise President Joe Biden initiated on his first day in office.

Washington (CNN)The United States on Friday officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, a landmark global climate accord, fulfilling a campaign promise President Joe Biden initiated on his first day in office.

What is the Paris Agreement?

The agreement had to be signed and ratified by at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The US officially ratified the agreement in September 2016, submitting its plan to reduce carbon emissions to the United Nations.

Hours after being sworn-in as President, Biden signed an order directing the US to rejoin the Paris Agreement, making it effective in 30 days.

2020 was supposed to be the next mile marker for the Paris agreement nations to make progress on reaching their greenhouse gas emission pledges, but the Covid-19 pandemic postponed the UN climate summit originally scheduled for November 2020.

The next major UN climate meeting is now slated for November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, where countries — including the US — are expected to announce new, more ambitious plans to slash their emissions over the next decade.

Biden plans to host a climate summit of world leaders on Earth Day, April 22, where he will outline the US' goal for reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 -- known as the nationally determined contribution under the Paris accord.

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