Paris agreement takes a new shift: Sustainability in the news again & Scientists in the front line

What are the key elements of the Paris deal?

  • The Paris climate deal pledged to keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and preferably to 1.5C
  • Under the agreement, each country sets its own emission-reduction targets, known as national determined contributions (NDCs), which are reviewed every five years to raise ambition
  • Rich countries are required to help poorer nations adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy
  • UN scientists say limiting the rise to 1.5C could prevent small island states from sinking beneath the waves, help millions of people avoid the impacts of extreme weather and limit the chances of an ice-free Arctic summer

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