The U.S. returned to the Paris climate agreement

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The United States has officially joined the international agreement to limit global warming, known as the Paris climate agreement. This was reported on February 19 by CNN.

As Secretary of State Tony Blinken noted, the Paris Agreement has “an unprecedented framework for global action.” He said the U.S.’s return to the agreement was as landmark as joining it in 2016.

Under the agreement, signatory countries will increase their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions every five years.

The U.S. officially withdrew from the agreement late last year at the behest of former President Donald Trump, becoming the first and only country to leave the agreement since it was adopted in 2015.

Democrat Joe Biden took office as U.S. president on Jan. 20. Shortly after his inauguration, he signed an executive order to return the country to a coalition of governments fighting the climate crisis. He will hold an international summit on climate change in April.