Issue Brief on “US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement: Consequences and Outcomes”

The Paris agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. The Paris agreement, which recognizes and supports deliberate carbon-reduction efforts by cities, regions and businesses, has been an important step in the right direction. However, on June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was adopted in 2015 and signed by 195 countries. The agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.[1] Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is largely viewed as an extremely isolationist and hasty move by the US at a time when the planet needs coordinated strategies to overcome and fight the effects of climate change and help come up with clean energy solutions.

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