Friday, April 22, 2016

175 countries have signed Paris climate deal on Earth Day

The Paris Climate Change Agreement, adopted last December, was signed by 175 Parties (174 countries and the European Union) at a ceremony at UN Headquarters. "We are in a race against time.The era of consumption without consequences is over" - U.N. secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The non-binding treaty sets a target of limiting global warming by 2100 to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), as compared to pre-industrial levels. To accomplish that, each nation sets its own target for reducing emissions and updates that mark each year. The agreement can enter into force 30 days after 55 Parties accounting for 55 per cent of global emissions deposit their instruments of ratification.  Read more at