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COP21: The summary

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by Lisa Corneliusson on 14 December, 2015

After three all-night sessions, a global climate agreement was finalized on Saturday. Some call it historic, some remain skeptical as the countries' commitments still add up to almost 3C of warming. 

After three all-night sessions, a global climate agreement was finalized on Saturday. Some call it historic, some remain skeptical as the countries’ commitments still add up to almost 3C of warming. What would you say? 

Some of the key points of the agreement include (also read this):

• To peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and achieve a balance between sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century.

• To keep global temperature increase “well below” 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C.

• To review progress every five years.

• $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020, with a commitment to further finance in the future.

Further reading:

“No country would get all it wanted, but no country would lose all. It appeared to be the world moving in roughly the same direction.” (The Observer Sunday 13 December)

“Only elements of the Paris pact will be legally binding.” (BBC Saturday 12 December)

“What Does a Climate Deal Mean for the World?” (NY Times Sunday 13 December)

“Climate Agreement’s Success Hinges on Countries Making Painful Decisions” (The Wall Street Journal, Sunday 13 December)


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