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COP 21: The Paris Agreement

December 20, 2015
By: Katrin Uurman

COP21_-_CC_SurfnicoRecently, Paris has hosted 21st UN talks (COP21) on climate change, to tackle global warming and to curb emissions.

After two weeks of discussions – involving negotiators from 195 countries – envoys agreed on 12th of December an international accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions that marks a turning point in more than 20 years of efforts to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. The final goal of Paris Agreement is to keep the average global temperature increase to below 2° C compared to pre-industrial revolution levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.

To meet these targets, countries should aim to reach a “global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions” as soon as possible and “achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century”.

First time this new pact requires virtually every country in the world to set out its plans to prevent climate change every 5 years. Hopefully, the coming generations will look back and thank us for our combined efforts to protect our planet by creating sustainable, renewable development resources.

A video about the agreement.

The Paris Agreement can be fount here



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