Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is optimistic about the imminent re-entry of the U.S. into the landmark Paris Climate Agreement as world leaders mark its fifth anniversary.A virtual gathering on Saturday will celebrate the accord whose goal is to curb greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming. It aims to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels and to try to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C (2.6F).President Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement, but UN regulations meant that the decision only came into effect on November 4, the day after the U.S. election.President-elect Joe Biden has said when he takes office on January 20, he would rejoin the deal as soon as possible.Newsweek subscription offers >On Friday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “I’m proud the Biden-Harris administration will be rejoining the agreement on Day 1. We need bold climate action now. I will be fighting side-by-side with President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris to #ActOnClimate.”Thunberg told CNN: “I am more than happy that the U.S. will rejoin the Paris agreement, that is absolutely crucial.”When asked what young people wanted their leaders to do… Read full this story
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