With the election of Trump and the apparent approximation of China to global goals of CO2 reductions, the Paris Agreement becomes a relevant topic to discuss amongst climate change stakeholders.
With that in mind, we have decided to dedicate our latest article to that exact topic.
So without further ado…
What is the Paris Agreement?
The Paris Agreement or Accord is an agreement between countries in regards to their emission of greenhouse gases. It imposes proposed limits and controls on the amount of CO2 and other polluting gases produced.
It represents the most serious global effort in tackling global warming and even though it was adopted only recently, in December 2015, has shown some great results in reducing greenhouse emissions worldwide.
This treaty was signed by 195 countries, representing by far the biggest global effort against climate change.
Effects of the Paris Agreement so far
There have been many studies on this subject, of which one has found that if countries stick to their pledges, 0.8 degrees Celsius of global warming can be reversed.
That same study has found that Trump’s proposed departure from this agreement alone could cause 0.3 degrees of global warming.
The main concerns regarding the effects of this agreement are that a) they won’t be implemented/regulated properly, leading to an inadequate response to global warming and/or b) even if implemented fully, they won’t be nearly enough to reverse the current climate change path.
Finally, there is a concern that no real punishments are stipulated as part of the agreement, which makes it very easy for countries to back out from. This is a real political danger, as country leaderships change with elections and views on climate change are reversed. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with the United Sates, as Donald Trump has signalled a potential reversal of Paris Agreement goals.
We hope that we’ve helped you convince of the importance of the Paris Agreement in reversing the already enormous amount of damage made by greenhouse gas emission.
The data is clear on this subject: If we don’t take climate change seriously, global average temperatures are bound to increase, causing the melting of glaciers and sea levels to rise, which will kill whole species of animals and even put humans in dangers.