Jonny Rogers reveals how the U.S. presidential election may have changed the discourse on climate change.
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Last Thursday, the U.S. formally left the Paris Climate Agreement, three years after President Trump’s announcement of their intention to do so. However, president-elect Joe Biden has declared that the nation will re-join the forum on his first day in the White House.
The Paris Agreement was established to co-ordinate a global response to climate change, aiming to minimise the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to further work towards a rise of just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Although first proposed in 2015, the deal only came into power in November 2016 after 55 countries, representing 55% of global emissions, had approved of it.
“The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.”
– the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (U.N.F.C.C.C.)