The Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Author
Robert Sedgwick
Content Type
CIAO Focus
Institution
Columbia International Affairs Online
Abstract
The UN sponsored agreement on climate change concluded last month in Paris, France is the most successful and comprehensive to date. Unlike previous agreements such as Kyoto and Copenhagen this one commits almost all countries, including China and the U.S., the world's two biggest polluters, to strive toward reducing carbon emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Each of the signatory countries must ratify the agreement and will then be responsible for implementing it by setting their own target goals.
Topic
Climate Change, Industrial Policy, International Cooperation, Treaties and Agreements
Political Geography
Global Focus
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External Resources
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
How Paris is different from past climate change negotiations (PBS Newshour video)
Paris Agreement: European Commission
Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability