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The U.S. rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement

Last Updated 3 months ago by Devontae Jackson.

Heads of delegations pose for a group portrait at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which led to the signing of the Paris Agreement. Le Bourget, France, November 30, 2015. Image courtesy of the NRDC.

After leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, an executive order was signed to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement tonight. The agreement is signed by nearly 200 countries committed to cutting emissions and lowering greenhouse gasses. At the original signing, the U.S. gave 3 billion dollars to help economically developing countries with cutting emissions and lowering greenhouse gasses. As economically developing countries are some the countries most at risk from climate change.


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The executive order will be sent to the UN and reestablish the U.S. in global talks in the Paris Climate Agreement in 30 days.

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