The Paris Agreement : A Historical Moment

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The Paris Agreement: A Historical Moment

Environmental issues are an irrefutable global concern, and a sign and symptom of the dangers of climate change. Simply put, due to its rapid and alarming rates of change, climate change is considered to be the largest threat to the human survival and to the survival of all other living organisms. According to statistics, on a yearly rate, world glaciers shrink by 400 billion metric tons, sea levels rise by 3.4 mm, forests decrease by more than 2.3 million square kilometres, levels of carbon dioxide reach their highest, and each year continues to become hotter than the last (NASA, 2016). In December 2015, The United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), held in Paris, France, sought to adopt a universal agreement that would work to combat such issues. On that day, the Paris Agreement was developed/adopted by the consensus of the 195 UNFCCC participating member states and the European Union (CNN, 2015).

The Paris Agreement is the first-ever universal global climate deal. It strives to bring nations together in an attempt to adapt to, and reduce the effects of climate change (UNFCC, 2014). After many deliberations, signatures for the agreement began on April 22nd, 2016 (Earth Day) at a ceremony in New York City. In order for it to take effect, fifty-five countries, that together produced at least 55% of the world 's greenhouse gas emissions, were required to ratify the agreement. On October 5th 2016, the climate accord was…
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