US Stands Alone on Paris Agreement
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The United States is now alone in the world in its rejection of the Paris climate agreement.
Syria announced it would sign that agreement Tuesday in Bonn, Germany at the United Nations yearly climate change conference. The treaty calls for individual limits on greenhouse gas releases among participating countries. It is not binding nor does it provide any enforcement mechanism.
Barack Obama signed the treaty in his second term as U.S. president.
However, in June, President Donald Trump withdrew the nation from the agreement. He said the agreement hurts the U.S. economy and American workers.
At that time, Syria and Nicaragua were the only other countries that had not signed.
Nicaragua signed the agreement last month.
Environmental organizations around the world praised Syria's decision. But comments on social media were directed more at the United States and Donald Trump.
Senator Michael Bennett is a Democrat from the state of Colorado. He tweeted, "Even Syria will join #ParisAgreement. This doesn't make America great. It makes us the only country denying the reality of #climatechange."
A user with the name Curious Doubter replied to Bennett, "It's 30 degrees, windmills are never going to heat our houses, and the seas have been rising and the climate warming since the last Ice Age.
On Facebook, user Brian McNoldy noted that Syria took action even though it is currently involved in a civil war. He described the U.S. as "left in the dust behind industrial giants, third-world developing countries, and everyone in between."
Twitter user Achille disagrees however. Achille tweeted, "All of you pseudo intellectuals that haven't read the #ParisAgreement yet are nevertheless outraged should probably move to a country in it!"
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I'm Caty Weaver.
1.climate change 气候变暖
Carbon emissions exacerbate the global climate change problem.
2.move to 移居
I hear she's going to sell out and move to the city.
3.civil war 内战
Civil war and famine sent the nation plunging into anarchy.
4.climate warming 气候变暖
With climate warming, extreme weather events are clearly increasing in frequency and intensity.
5.At that time, Syria and Nicaragua were the only other countries that had not signed.
At that time 当时
At that time we were students.
We were in the same college, which was male-only at that time.
6.On Facebook, user Brian McNoldy noted that Syria took action even though it is currently involved in a civil war.
took action 采取措施
In the face of this aggression, the international community took action.
They took action in the shield of the police.
叙利亚宣布，将于周二在德国波恩举行的联合国气候变化会议上签署该协议 。该协议要求参与国在温室气体排放方面进行个别限制 。该协定不具有约束力，也不提供任何执行机制 。
然而，现任总统特朗普6月份宣布将退出《巴黎协定》 。他指出，该协定伤害了美国的经济和工人利益 。
全球各地的环保组织纷纷赞赏叙利亚的决定 。不过，社交网络上的评论更多地将矛头指向了特朗普和美国 。
参议员迈克尔·贝内特（Michael Bennett）是来自科罗拉多州的民主党人 。他发推文称，“如今叙利亚都加入了《巴黎协定》 。退出该协定并不能让美国变得伟大，只会让美国成为唯一否认气候变化的国家 。”
用户布莱恩·麦克诺迪（Brian McNoldy）在脸书上指出，虽然叙利亚深陷内战，但是也采取了措施 。他称美国被“工业巨人、第三世界的发展中国家以及所有人远远地甩在了后面” 。
然而，推特用户阿喀琉斯对此提出异议 。他发文称，“你们这些没有细读过《巴黎协定》却义愤填膺的伪知识分子们应该移居到那些缔约国 。”