The US is back in the Paris climate accord, just 107 days after it left . While Friday’s return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect the US to prove its seriousness after four years of being mostly absent. They are especially keen to hear an announcement from Washington in the coming months on the US’s goal for cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases by 2030. The US return to the Paris agreement became official on Friday, almost a month after Joe Biden told the UN that the US intended to rejoin . “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural address. “A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear now.” The president signed an executive order on his first day in office that reversed the withdrawal ordered by his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump. The Trump administration had announced its departure from the Paris accord in 2019 but it did not become effective until 4 November 2020, the day after the election, because of provisions in the agreement. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, said on Thursday the official US re-entry “is itself very important”, as was Biden’s announcement […]

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