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Nicaragua signs Paris climate accord

Nicaragua, a country that previously criticized its effectiveness for not going far enough, has signed on to the international Paris climate agreement.

This leaves the United States and Syria as the only recognized countries not a part of the deal which tackles curbing the motivators of climate change through regulation.

The country held out on the deal, but not the reasons of Syria and the United States.

Syria is embroiled in a civil war that has killed some 300,000 and battling on the front lines of the Daesh (IS) insurgency so its participation in the accord has been a low priority for Damascus currently.

As for the US, Donald Trump took the country out of the climate deal because he claimed it interfered with domestic policy and that Washington could do it better. He also said it impoverish the US to the benefit of other countries.

Nicaragua, however, believed the agreement did not go far enough in attacking fossil fuel production. The country currently gets over half of its energy from renewable resources and plans to bump it up to 90% by 2020.

In 2013, the World Bank called the Central American country “a renewable energy paradise” with potential for geothermic, wind, solar and wave energy sources.

The Paris agreement specifies a goal to restrict temperature increase by the year 2100 to a maximum of two degrees Celsius more than before the industrial era, with a best-case-scenario objective of 1.5 degrees.


More details to follow. 


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