What is the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is based upon The United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It is the portion that needed to be ratified for the elements agreed upon to be put in place. This called for at least 147 parties of the 197 Parties attending the Convention to agree. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change newsroom shows that by November 2016, at least 55 Parties to the Convention had deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. With this completed, global efforts could be taken to address climate change.

In keeping with the Kyoto Protocol, parties to the agreement would meet internationally binding emission reduction targets. Because more developed nations are “principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.””

The overall objective of the Convention was the “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

To understand the Paris Agreement clearly calls for an understanding of the Kyoto Protocol and, before that, of The Convention. I’m up for that. I hope you are, too.

I’ll meet you back here as I make my way through what promises to be a Gordian knot worth untying.

~ Gina

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