195 countries adopt ‘historic accord’ on climate change in Paris

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World Leaders in Paris on Climate Change Deal

An agreement on what has been dubbed a “historic” package of measures on capping rising temperatures worldwide has been signed at Paris summit. While it obliges states to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, activists say it’s not enough.

The 31-page draft of the “Paris Agreement” stated that it “aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius [3.6 Fahrenheit] above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius [2.7 Fahrenheit].”

The document, presented to international negotiators on Saturday, suggests that the world urgently needs to increase “the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production.”


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