Why We Need The Paris Climate Agreement

The United States announces its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. WWF is calling on the Trump administration to reconsider its decision, saying the UNITED States must commit to reducing carbon pollution and preparing communities for the effects of climate change. The agreed target is actually more difficult than 2°C, but 1.5° is a limit demanded by many low-lying states and developing countries. These countries will need help to adapt to the problems that the climate crisis is already bringing, which is why one of the key elements of the Paris Agreement is that the richest countries have agreed to release about $100 billion a year by 2025 (and beyond) to help these countries (which include some of the world`s poorest), develop greater resilience to future hazards. There is an agreement! This may seem very low, but it was by no means certain that all countries, and especially the current largest emitters, would agree to an agreement by the last day of negotiations. All politicians, negotiators and other advocacy experts had recalled the failure of the nightmare conference in Copenhagen in 2009. But the reality had changed as more and more people around the world became aware of the threat of climate change and wanted to take action. Renewable and energy-efficient solutions are now seen as viable alternatives, and almost every sector of our societies, from businesses to churches to local authorities, has begun to act voluntarily and without regulatory pressure. Politicians, often influenced by corporate interests, could not ignore the critical mass of people and other stakeholders. In addition to these determining factors, the French presidency of this COP21 has acted wisely to ensure an inclusive and party-led process in which all countries feel comfortable in the negotiations.

In these diplomatic environments, sensitive attention is essential to find the best possible compromise without leaving anyone behind. It will also allow the parties to gradually increase their contributions to the fight against climate change in order to achieve the long-term objectives of the agreement. Remains of cows and goats can be found peppery in the Chalbi Desert. Concern Worldwide provides food and water to surviving animals, as well as cash transfers for food, water and food to households affected by climate change-related droughts. Photo: Jennifer K Nolan Their report, “The Truth Behind the Paris Agreement`s Climate Commitments,” warns that failure to reduce emissions will cost the world at least $2 billion a day by 2030 in economic losses due to weather events exacerbated by man-made climate change. In addition, weather events and patterns will affect human health, livelihoods, food and water, and biodiversity. Even though this agreement is the first universal collective international response to a global threat that has no borders, not all countries have succeeded in sealing an agreement that effectively limits global warming below the 2°C threshold, at which climate change will be catastrophic. The mitigation plans put on the table by almost every government this year, the so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), are far behind what needs to be done, even putting the world on a 3°C trajectory.

In this scenario, there will be almost no Pacific islands in the second half of this century. .

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