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Nicaragua joins Paris Climate Change Agreement – with only two countries left outside

Plant in San Jacinto Tizate, Nicaragua (source: PowerEngineers)
Alexander Richter 24 Oct 2017

Nicaragua - as one of the last three countries outside - has now joined the Paris Climate Change Agreement, building its renewable energy future on wind, solar, geothermal energy, biomass and hydropower.

Reported today, Nicaragua has decided to join the Paris Climate Change Agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only countries not part of the agreement.

The country had not joined the agreement, as it was of the opinion that the agreement simply was not going far enough. But now the President of the country, Daniel Ortega has announced signing the agreement which has also been delivered to the United Nations.

In his official statement, President Ortega explained that “scientists from more developed countries, scientists working at NASA, European scientists, everyone agrees that we must stop the process that is leading to the destruction of the planet.”

Now, the appropriate legal documents have been delivered to the United Nations, which means that the shortest list in the world has now shrunk to include just two countries. Yes, even North Korea is in the agreement.

Nicaragua is continuing its progress towards a 100 percent renewable energy future. Currently, around 50 percent of the energy supply of the country is derived from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro power. This could be pushed towards 90 percent by 2020.

Nicaragua is among the leading countries in Latin America with an installed power generation capacity from geothermal power plants of 149 MW with 173 MW planned and in development.

Source: IFL Science