|Eva Etha Marie Monares |||Dec 15, 2015 10:13 AM EST|
China's representative in climate change talk in Paris, Xie Zhenhua. Critics are still unconvinced about what this Paris Climate Agreement means and how effective it will be in saving the environment. Many analysts are hopeful that it will represent a huge leap in changing the recent condition of the environment.
On Saturday, Dec 12, leaders from 195 nations reached a historic agreement. The agreement obliges all signatory countries to minimize greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The agreement requires developed countries like the United States to abide to what was agreed upon, but surprisingly it excuses developing countries like China and India.
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The final agreement outlines different gauges that are essential to limit the rise of temperature worldwide. The measure should be below 2 degrees Celsius with 1.5 degrees Celsius as the ideal standard. World leaders consider the deal to be "The single most important collective action for addressing climate change ever agreed upon." According to the agreement, financial aid will be given to underprivileged countries to assist them in carrying out the outlines of the pact and to deal with the adverse effects of the weather.
The deal also cited two primary facts:
- "That climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries."
- "That deep reductions in global emissions will be required in order to achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention and emphasising the need for urgency in addressing climate change."
Critics are still unconvinced about what this agreement means and how effective it will be in saving the environment. Many analysts are hopeful that it will represent a huge leap in changing the recent condition of the environment.
The Paris pact legally requires nations to ensure stringency of their climate change policies in the future. Moreover, the deal stipulates that countries will meet again every five years starting 2020 and to present their updated plans.
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