Summary Climate: The Challenges of Applying the Paris Agreement
The universal Paris Climate Agreement was signed in Paris in December 2015 and confirmed at subsequent “Conferences of the Parties”, COP22 and COP23. However, its application faces two challenges. First, it does not go far enough in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to have a chance of keeping average global temperatures from rising more than 2°C. Second, the Paris Agreement will have to overcome uncertainties now that U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his country’s withdrawal.