US Officially Out Of The Paris Agreement : Short Wave President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement in 2017 and formally notified the United Nations last year. A mandatory yearlong waiting period ended on Wednesday. Of the nearly 200 nations that signed the agreement, the U.S. is the only one to walk away from its promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NPR science reporter Rebecca Hersher shares fives things to know.

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The US And The Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Things To Know

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The US And The Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Things To Know

The US And The Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Things To Know

The US And The Paris Climate Agreement: 5 Things To Know

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The Hunter power plant in Utah generates electricity by burning coal. Coal combustion releases enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. The Utah plant is scheduled to keep operating until 2042. George Frey/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Hunter power plant in Utah generates electricity by burning coal. Coal combustion releases enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. The Utah plant is scheduled to keep operating until 2042.

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President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement in 2017 and formally notified the United Nations last year. A mandatory yearlong waiting period ended on Wednesday. Of the nearly 200 nations that signed the agreement, the U.S. is the only one to walk away from its promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Hear last year's episode about the Paris agreement.

Here's more of Rebecca Hersher's reporting on the official withdrawal.

This episode was fact-checked by Ariela Zebede and edited by Gisele Grayson.