What does the US rejoining the Paris Agreement mean for climate change?

Commenting on the US rejoining the Paris Agreement, Kiran Sura, sustainability & climate change at PwC, said:

"The US rejoins the global fight on climate change at a critical moment. We have less than a decade to halve global emissions to keep the 1.5C Paris Agreement goal within striking distance. With the US back in the climate camp, and signalling its intention to step up and play its role in reducing global emissions, there will be increased pressure on other major emitters to ramp up their efforts.

"This is a positive development for the UN’s delayed climate talks, COP26, which the UK is hosting in November. The Prime Minister has invited President Biden to the conference and it presents a unique opportunity for the UK and US to once again join forces, as they did in the run up to COP21, and lead by example on raising global climate ambition.

"Many wait eagerly to see how ambitious the US's Nationally Determined Contribution will be, and if it will be sufficient to galvanise greater commitment from the international community in advance of COP26.

"COP26 needs to raise the ambition of governments, industry and businesses to put the world on a path to reach net zero by 2050 and meet the Paris Agreement goals."
 

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