Around the world in 45 seconds: Paris climate talks four years on

The Guardian Global negotiators in Cancun, Mexico, faced one more deadline in 2010. It was meant to be the point at which countries made their pledges on cutting carbon emissions, and the date when…

Around the world in 45 seconds: Paris climate talks four years on

The Guardian

Global negotiators in Cancun, Mexico, faced one more deadline in 2010. It was meant to be the point at which countries made their pledges on cutting carbon emissions, and the date when the rest of the world would cut its emissions as well. It was ultimately decided, however, that the date was too late.

No such self-imposed deadline for Paris is on the horizon. But even amid the hiatus between Paris and Cancun, progress has been a little patchy. The most effective first step was the Paris Agreement of 2015, which was hailed as the first ever to limit global warming to under 2C above pre-industrial levels. But the main points, which includes binding targets for nations to cut emissions and money to help them meet those targets, are yet to be reached, four years after the talks concluded. The absence of a formal deadline, rather than pledges to review progress, for Paris this year may be partly to blame.

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Today, 68 states have signed on to the agreement. This level is expected to give maximum leverage with other nations, and allow for larger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. But with sufficient follow-through, the Paris Agreement itself could emerge as the first strong global climate law. And one cannot do without the other.

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