Only hours into Biden’s first day as president he has already signed to re-join the Paris climate agreement.
The US is one of the highest emitters of carbon pollution and withdrew from the agreement back in 2017 with Trump calling it a ‘disaster.’
The accord, which was made in 2015, has almost every nation agreeing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions – a key contributor to global warming.
Broadcast Journalist from Sky News, Scott Beasley told us: “The UK has shown leadership with a net zero by 2050 commitment but, it will need the US to lead by making a similar pledge which would come at a perfect time if it coincides with 26th climate change conference.
“The US re-joining the Paris climate agreement is an important symbolic moment as it indicates the new administrations intent to reengage with international institutions.”
One of the main aims is to stop the global temperature rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The plans made by the United Nations are to be updated every five years as a pledge to reduce the climate crisis.
It is expected that there will be a 30-day notice period for the US to officially join.
Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations has tweeted:
With all countries fully engaged, we have a real opportunity to prevent climate catastrophe & embark on transformative #ClimateAction.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) January 20, 2021