February 23, 2021

The Hardest Work Lies Ahead as US Re-enters Paris Agreement

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Biden administration has rejoined the Paris Agreement, the international climate treaty signed in December 2015 by nearly 200 countries. Each country pledged to lower greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades with the aim of limiting the planet’s warming temperatures to an increase of less than 2 degrees Celsius.

The United States formally withdrew in November 2020 under the Trump administration, although the former president pledged to leave the agreement shortly after taking office.

Tim Profeta, director of Duke’s Nicholas Institute for the Environmental Policy Solutions and associate professor of practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Drew Shindell, a distinguished professor of earth science at the Nicholas School of the Environment, talked with Duke Today about the importance of the agreement and the urgency for the United States to make up lost time.