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Nicaragua moves to join Paris climate accord

October 24, 2017

Nicaragua has agreed to join the Paris climate agreement, leaving only the US and Syria outside the global pact. As the world gears up for the next climate talks in Bonn, questions surround Washington's plans.

The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga
Image: picture-alliance/AP Photo/B. Camp

Nicaragua has already presented the relevant documents to join the global agreement at the United Nations, Vice President Rosario Murillo said on Monday.

"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters," Murillo said. The move will leave only two countries outside the global pact: war-torn Syria and the US.

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In September, President Daniel Ortega announced during a private meeting with World Bank directors that his country would join the agreement, although this information was later removed from the official government website.

Nicaragua was the only nation to reject the agreement in 2015 and has argued for far more drastic action to limit rising temperatures.

Infographic CO2 emissions

US on course to pull out

The Paris accord, signed by 195 countries nearly two years ago, seeks to limit climate change by curbing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists believe drive global warming.

Former US President Barack Obama pledged deep emissions cuts as part of the deal, but his successor Donald Trump has said the accord would cost America trillions of dollars, kill jobs and hinder the oil, gas, coal and manufacturing industries.

Trump in June announced the start of a three-year process to pull out of the agreement, on the grounds that it would put the US at an economic disadvantage.

Read more: Trump withdraws US from Paris climate deal

Fiji hosts the next round of UN climate talks from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany.

jbh/cmk (Reuters, AFP)