The United States has officially ceased to be a party to the Paris Climate Agreement, fulfilling President Donald Trump’s long-standing pledge to remove the country, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, from the global pact to combat climate change.
However, how long will depend on the results of the US presidential elections. Trump’s rival, Democrat Joe Biden, has pledged to rejoin the deal if elected.
“The US withdrawal will create a hole in our regime and global efforts to achieve the goals and ambitions of the Paris Agreement,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Espinosa said her organization would be “ready to assist the United States in any effort to re-adhere to the Paris Agreement.”
Trump first announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the agreement in June 2017, claiming it would undermine the American economy.