COP21 agree on climate treaty after 2 weeks of discussions

COP21 agree on climate treaty after 2 weeks of discussions

An agreement at the COP21 talks held in Paris this week has bound 195 countries to limit temperature rises to “well below” 2°C (3.6°F) compared to pre-industrial levels; the document can be viewed here.
The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time along with a long-term goal of achieving net zero on all emissions by 2060-2080. However, the question many people have been asking is whether or not the agreement is legally binding. The interesting answer is that the review and submission of emissions reduction targets are binding, but the emissions targets themselves are not and are set by the countries.
According to carbon brief, the following bar graph shows the figures for 2012, and the top 10 greenhouse gas emitters in the world made up over 70% of the total emissions:
COP21 climate treaty
(Unsurprisingly, the large nations like China and India do not want to be held to a legally binding target that will negatively affect their economies.)
Despite the lack of legalities, many experts and industry leaders have been responding in support of the new agreement:
Global Wind Energy Council CEO, Steve Sawyer said, “Although the actions pledged fall woefully short of what is required to achieve the goal of keeping global mean temperature rise ‘well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels and to pursue effort to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC’, the agreement gives us the framework where we can continue to address this issue and ratchet up our ambition as we replace our fossil-fuel driven economy with one powered by the wind and the sun. The global wind industry is ready to play our part in the rapid transformation of our global energy system.”
Vice President of Public Affairs for AWEA, Peter Kelley said “This is truly a historic agreement by the countries of the world to reduce carbon pollution. The US, like the rest of the world, is clearly in the market for climate solutions, and American wind power is the biggest, fastest, cheapest way to cut carbon pollution and cut costs for consumers at the same time.”
Our global leaders chimed in as well:
President Barack Obama said “”best chance we have to save the one planet we have.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the agreement was “a huge step forward in securing the future of the planet”.

Posted By Sally on December 17, 2015 | 0 Comment

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