The Paris Agreement

| December 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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On Saturday 12 December 2015, 196 countries formally adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Agreement marks the first global treaty addressing climate change, that will enter into force once ratified by at least 55 countries, covering at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.


The full Paris Agreement is available here. There are also numerous summaries of the text, including these two that we found helpful:


The Paris Agreement has prompted a range of responses from world leaders, climate scientists, indigenous leaders, and members of civil society:

“Many segments contain very vague language, but this kind of constructive ambiguity is often the only way to get a deal done – the actual meaning will only develop over time.”
– Oliver Geden, head of the European Union Research Division

With some predictable back-and-forth:


How about you? What is your response to the Agreement? Does it move us towards the changes required, what steps are needed next?

Please share your perspective and any resources you have found informative through the comment section below.

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