President Biden signs executive order to rejoin Paris Agreement on climate change

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to reinstate the US to the Paris climate change agreement just hours after being sworn in.

“Today, President Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” the White House tweeted.

“We’re back in the Paris Climate Agreement,” Biden said.

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, and entered into force on November 4, 2016. It aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.

Biden signed a series of executive orders to launch his administration including a mask mandate for all federal buildings.

President Biden in a tweet said, “After taking the oath of office this afternoon, I got right to work taking action to:- Control the pandemic- Provide economic relief- Tackle climate change- Advance racial equity.”

“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America,” Biden said.

“Today, @POTUS issued a mask mandate on federal property, launching his “100 Day Masking Challenge” as part of our efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve,” the White House tweeted.