The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe? At Paris, for the first time rich and poor countries joined together in a legally binding treaty pledging to hold global heating to heating well below 2C, the scientifically-advised limit of safety, with an aspiration not to breach 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Those two weeks of tense talks in the French capital were the climax of 25 years of tortuous negotiations on the climate, since governments were warned of the dangers of climate chaos in 1990. The failure, discord and recriminations of those decades were left behind as delegates from 196 countries hugged, wept and cheered in Paris.
Guardian 8th Dec 2020 read more »
Still no country is doing enough to keep global temperature rise well below 2C – the target set five years ago in the Paris Agreement, a new report warns. Sweden, the UK and Denmark are the world’s top three countries in terms of action being taken to tackle the climate crisis, according to an annual policy tracker. The US came last out of 57 countries for its climate policies.
Independent 7th Dec 2020 read more »