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What Was The Paris Agreement Of 2015

Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane are gases that accumulate in the atmosphere and prevent heat from radiating from the Earth`s surface into space, resulting in a greenhouse effect. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the main international scientific panel working on this issue, the concentration of these heat-trapping gases has increased significantly since pre-industrial times and has reached levels not seen in at least 800,000 years. Carbon dioxide (the main cause of climate change) has increased by 40%, nitrous oxide by 20% and methane by 150% since 1750 – mainly from the combustion of dirty fossil fuels. The IPCC says it is “extremely likely” that these emissions are mainly responsible for the rise in global temperatures since the 1950s. At the same time, deforestation and forest degradation have also contributed to their fair share of global carbon emissions. The agreement states that it would only enter into force (and thus become fully effective) if 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions (according to a list drawn up in 2015)[65] ratify, accept, approve or accede to the agreement. [66] [67] On April 1, 2016, the United States and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, issued a joint statement confirming that the two countries would sign the Paris Climate Agreement. [68] [69] 175 Contracting Parties (174 States and the European Union) signed the Agreement on the first day of its opening for signature. [59] [70] On the same day, more than 20 countries published a memorandum of understanding to accede as soon as possible in order to accede in 2016. With its ratification by the European Union, the agreement received enough parties to enter into force on 4 November 2016.

Recognizing that many developing countries and small island states that have contributed the least to climate change could suffer the most from its consequences, the Paris Agreement includes a plan for developed countries – and others that are “capable” to do so – to continue to provide financial resources to help developing countries mitigate and increase their resilience to climate change. The agreement builds on the financial commitments of the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, which aimed to increase public and private climate finance for developing countries to $100 billion per year by 2020. (To put this in perspective, global military spending in 2017 alone amounted to about $1.7 trillion, more than a third of which came from the United States.) The Copenhagen Pact also created the Green Climate Fund to mobilize transformative funds with targeted public funds. .

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