On Nov. 7, Syria announced during the COP 23 United Nations climate summit in Germany that it would sign onto the Paris agreement, joining almost 200 countries committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Independent reports.
Nor that Canada won't meet its 2020 or 2030 United Nations greenhouse gas reduction targets unless it buys billions of dollars worth of useless carbon offsets on fraud-ridden global carbon markets.
"I confirm that the Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories,"said Syria's Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Environment, M. Wadah Katmawi, according to CNN".
The U.S. may be No. 1, but that's also the loneliest number.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joins US President Donald Trump in being omitted from the list of around 100 leaders invited to Paris to strengthen the historic pact to curb global warming, clinched in 2013. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said that "by 'America first, ' they meant America last".
"Canada Salutes Nicaragua and Syria for joining on to the Paris Agreement!"
However, governors, mayors and business leaders from the USA will set one up there later this week.
In June the U.S. said it would withdraw, but the rules of the agreement state that this can not be done until 2020.
The only other previous holdout, Nicaragua, announced in September that it would join the pact. "While the White House declares war on climate science and retreats from the Paris Agreement, California is doing the opposite and taking action", said California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., who will be going to the meeting.
At the meeting Monday, the United Nations' weather and climate agency, the World Meteorological Organization, announced 2017 will definitely be among the three hottest years on record.
The US government on Friday released a report, prepared by hundreds of scientists, on climate change and its primary cause: human activity.