The US became the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact.

Trump had announced the pull-out in June 2017, but in line with United Nations (UN) regulations, the exit took effect November 4.

With election results pointing to a likely defeat for Trump, Biden took on the tone of a president-elect and made clear that climate was a top priority.

“Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it,” Biden, who would take the presidential oath on January 20, tweeted.

Biden has proposed a $1.7trillion plan to take the US, the world’s second biggest carbon emitter, to net zero by 2050.

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