With all the talk of climate change and the Paris Climate Deal there has been a lot of confusing information circulating. A great question to start with is, what is it?
Alexandra Simon-Lewis at Wired reports that,
“The ultimate purpose of the Paris Agreement was to strengthen the global response to climate change by creating an international network of government bodies, all dedicated to lowering emissions. Syria and Nicaragua were the only countries who did not join the Agreement.
Those who did pledged to work towards a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, ideally aiming to limit the increase to 1.5°C. This level of temperature change may sound insignificant, but would, in fact, put massive strain on food production, clean water sources and energy production.”
There are some key aspects that are important to note. For example, it will take about four years to withdraw from the Paris Deal because of stipulations set by the deal. While this is good news, many worry this just means the administration will work harder to eradicate domestic climate programs.