The US is still in the Paris Agreement

This article, by Anna McGinn of the University of Maine, was originally posted on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on December 4, 2018.

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva speaks during the COP24 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Right now, representatives from 169 countries are in the small city of Katowice, Poland, for the 2018 United Nations climate change negotiations, which are taking place from Dec. 2 to 14. Their charge: to set plans in motion to achieve the goals articulated in the 2015 landmark Paris Agreement.

Given the whiplash created by the Trump administration’s turn away from international efforts to tackle climate change while federal agencies release reports such as the Fourth National Climate Assessment section on Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, you might wonder: What will the U.S.’s role be at the U.N. climate change negotiations, known as COP24?


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