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2015 un climate change summit - paris agreement

I CJW applauds the international agreement signed in Paris at the end of strenuous negotiations at the UN Climate Change Summit. 

Nations have agreed to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, with an aim of 1.5 degrees, and phase out fossil fuels by 2050.

This is an historic deal which goes further than many hoped for, but still falls short of meeting the needs of communities already affected by climate change. Thorough monitoring and strenuous follow up are needed for it to be effective.

If the world is to achieve the agreed 2 degree limit, 80% of the world’s remaining fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) will need to stay underground. A 1.5 degree target will require even more rigour. The Paris summit will be followed every five years with negotiations to encourage countries to strengthen their actions to reach these goals.

Now it’s up to all of us to make sure these pledges are kept and to seriously support the transition from fossil fuels to fully renewable and sustainable energy.

The Paris climate agreement at a glance

by Dr Anne Morris, Chair, Environment & Sustainable Development, ICJW.