Nicaraguan views on climate change

Donald Trump is increasing to three the number of countries that are not signatories to the Paris climate change accord. One of the three is Nicaragua. The reason for Nicaraguan opposition to the proposal might surprise you.

Ever since US President Donald Trump declared that he would withdraw the US from the landmark Paris climate change agreement, much has been made of the fact only two other countries have not signed up.

They are Syria, and the Central American nation of Nicaragua – but the US is very different from either.

Syria has been embroiled in a civil war for six years, leaving 300,000 dead, so it is perhaps understandable that it did not participate in talks.

Nicaragua’s reason for refusing the deal, though, is not because it wanted to burn more fossil fuels, but because the agreement did not go far enough.

The country already gets more than half of its energy from renewable resources, and plans to bump that up to 90% by 2020.

A 2013 World Bank report labelled it “a renewable energy paradise” ….

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Climate change: Why isn’t Nicaragua in the Paris agreement?“, BBC News, 3 June 2017.

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