Return to Paris is No Cruise on the Seine


Cartoon by Alex Bowman

Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right.

It will be no leisurely cruise down the Seine, as U.S. climate enjoy John Kerry explained, international climate talks this year are the “last, best hope” to take meaningful action to stave off the worst of climate change.

Kerry also told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on GPS, “The goals thus far have been inadequate … The goal of achieving a 1.5˚(C) limitation on the rise of Earth’s temperature is absolutely the appropriate goal, but the current promises of countries through the Paris Agreement, are insufficient to get the job done.” The heat is on, literally.

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