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United States Leaves Paris Agreement

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By: Dylan Landis

WASHINGTON D.C.- Amidst all the chaos that is the 2020 Presidential Election, there is still more news coming out of the White House.

Whether or not Donald Trump retains his presidency or if Joe Biden will be our new president, the United States has officially left the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Paris Agreement was created in order to bring nations around the globe together and fight climate change and how we adapt to the changes occurring on Earth.

The United States is the first country in the world to leave the agreement. There are 189 countries around the world still involved with the Paris Agreement. The main order of action of the group is to try to stop temperatures from rising by more than two degrees Celsius. It may seem like a small task, but scientists have said a rise of only two degrees Celsius would cause sea levels to rise, droughts and flooding getting worse, and increased tropical storms.

The United States is 2nd in the world in greenhouse gas emissions, as only China emits more.

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