The United States has officially exited the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a promise by President Donald Trump to withdraw the nation from the global pact to fight climate change.
But the outcome of the tight US election contest will determine for how long. Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden, has promised to rejoin the agreement if elected.
The US still remains a party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Officials there told us that the body will be “ready to assist the US in any effort in order to rejoin the Paris Agreement”.
Trump first announced his intention to withdraw the US from the pact in June 2017, arguing it would undermine the country’s economy.
The Trump administration formally served notice of the withdrawal to the United Nations on November 4, 2019, which took one year to take effect.