The world just agreed to a major climate deal in Paris. Now comes the hard part.

December 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

ParisThe Paris climate agreement hasn’t saved the planet and it hasn’t solved global warming. Not by itself. Instead, the deal is supposed to add structure and momentum to efforts that are currently underway around the world to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

What this Paris agreement does, then, is provide a set of diplomatic tools to prod countries into cutting emissions even more deeply over time.

There are plenty of hard questions about how effective these diplomatic tools will be. Will the transparency measures work? Will that climate aid actually materialize? The basic reality, though, is that the Paris agreement can only encourage countries to step up their efforts. It can’t force them to do so. That’s the hard part, the part that comes next. Further action will ultimately depend on policymakers and investors and engineers and scientists and activists across the globe, not the UN.

In other words, the Paris deal is only a first step. Perhaps the easiest step. To stop global warming, every country will have to do much, much more in the years ahead to transition away from fossil fuels (which still provide 86 percent of the world’s energy), move to cleaner sources, and halt deforestation. They’ll have to pursue new policies, adopt new technologies, go far beyond what they’ve already promised.

Read The world just agreed to a major climate deal in Paris. Now comes the hard part. by Brad Plumer at Vox.


Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Energy, Renewables, Social Justice.

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