All countries have signed Paris agreement except US, Syria
NICARAGUA has reportedly signed the Paris climate change agreement, leaving Syria and the US as the only two nations yet to add their names to the pact.
The 2015 deal to reduce greenhouse gases to try to prevent a global temperature rise of more than two degrees represented "the only international instrument that offers the conditions to face global warming and its effects,” Nicaraguan Vice-President Rosario Murillo said in a statement.
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega had signalled last week that his country would sign the deal soon, but did not say when.
Nicaragua's government had initially refused to sign on to the accord, saying the deal did not require enough sacrifices by wealthy nations and did not go far enough in its goals.
The move had seemingly been in the works for some time, with newspaper El Nuevo Diario reported that Mr Ortega said in September: "We will soon adhere, we will sign the Paris Agreement. We have already had meetings addressing the issue and we have already programmed the accession.”
Nicaragua has been a haven for renewable energy - more than half the nation's energy comes from geothermic, wind, solar and wave energy. They plan on increasing that to 90per cent by 2020.
The World Bank called it a "a renewable energy paradise” in 2013.
The signing of the deal by Nicaragua means the US is further isolated after Donald Trump's decision to withdraw and the resulting widespread criticism by world leaders.
Mr Trump said the Paris Agreement, put into action for the US by an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama, put American workers in the coal, steel, and other manufacturing industries at an economic disadvantage.
- Mythili Sampathkumar, The Independent