U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Pool via Getty Images

Environment USA31. January 2021

Back on the Paris Agreement: the U.S. Picks up the Pace in Fighting Climate Change

By signing an executive order for the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement, President Joe Biden shows his intention for the country to make its part to fight climate change by cutting emissions.

“Rejoining the Paris Agreement is really the floor, not the ceiling, for the Biden administration on climate,” says Jennifer Morgan, CEO of Greenpeace International.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is delighted by President Biden’s decision to adhere to “the peace pact with the planet”. The administration will have to double down on its climate action plan regarding efforts needed to reach net-zero emission target for 2030. A recent survey reveals that 75% of the American population supports the country’s participation in the Paris accord, and 64% believe that measures must be taken to reduce planet-heating emissions, regardless of what other countries do. President Biden’s plan is for the country to have net-zero emissions by 2050.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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