After Paris – How Does the World Actually Meet the Accord’s Climate Goals?

by Arturo Herrera on December 15, 2015

wedding_party_crowd.jpgSuccess in Paris – Agreement to Transform the Global Economy
Critical commitments emerged from the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) meeting this month in Paris where developed and developing nations were able to bridge their economic-based differences and forge a landmark global green house gas mitigation agreement. The accord sets a course for an historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades with the goal of keeping global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels.
That transformation will require massive investment in adaptation measures to address the imminent global impacts of climate change such as sea level rise and droughts, and  the devastation from extreme weather events.  It requires intense investment in technology research and development to create new sources of cleaner fuels and to bring down the cost of existing ones, as well as research to measure and monitor environmental conditions to better understand the Earth’s natural systems.
Funding the Transformation
The good news is that wealthier counties have made commitments of billions of dollars annually and industry leaders have pledged additional investments to start to underwrite the transition.  Over time, these investments should bring down the cost of powering a greener global economy and, hopefully, improve the quality of human life across the globe while arresting global warming.
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