The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe?

Fiona Harvey, The Guardian |

Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash
Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash

The Paris Climate agreement has proved remarkably resilient. Bringing together 196 nations in 2015 was not easy. On some measures, Paris could be judged a failure. Far greater systemic change is needed, particularly in energy generation around the world, to meet the Paris goals. But to judge Paris solely by these portents of disaster would be to lose sight of the remarkable progress that has been made on climate change since. As host of the Cop26 talks, the UK is redoubling its diplomatic efforts towards next year’s conference. The French government brought all of its diplomatic might to bear on Paris, instructing its ambassadors in every country to make climate change their top priority, and sending out ministers around the globe to drum up support.

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