EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

EU Commits to More Emissions Cuts on Paris Agreement Anniversary

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The night before the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit 2020 on Saturday, the European Union set a new ambitious target of cutting emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels over the next decade. The updated target comes just a year after the 27-country bloc set its goal at reducing […]

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Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

Three Keys to Climate Action, Five Years after Paris

By Shyla Raghav, VP of Climate Change, Conservation International Five years ago this month, after years of tense negotiations, the gavel sounded to announce the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Like many who participated in the negotiations, I was relieved, hopeful, and exhausted. Everyone in the conference room recognized that this was just the first […]

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The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Next?

The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Next?

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST, the Climate Ambition Summit will begin. The Summit marks five years since the Paris Agreement and will be a moment for countries to announce improved climate plans for the next decade. 

Why this Matters: The summit comes as the end of the COVID pandemic is on the horizon, creating a global impetus for countries to emerge from the past year with stronger climate plans than before.

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The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Changed

The Paris Agreement at 5: What’s Changed

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer This Saturday, December 12, the United Nations and the U.K. will host a Climate Ambitions Summit to commemorate the Paris Agreement’s fifth anniversary and encourage countries to commit to more ambitious actions. This week ODP will take a deep dive into the Paris Agreement — today we look at […]

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The Paris Agreement at 5: Increasing Ambition

The Paris Agreement at 5: Increasing Ambition

A key feature of the Paris Agreement is that it’s not a static promise. Current climate policies won’t get the world to the target below 2 degrees C of warming, but the agreement was designed for countries to report progress and over time increase their efforts. Every five years, each country is supposed to submit new climate pledges that are more ambitious than their previous ones.

Why this Matters: Holding countries accountable for increasing commitments to address the climate crisis is essential because we’re nowhere near the level of meaningful action needed.

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The Paris Agreement at 5: A Global Commitment

The Paris Agreement at 5: A Global Commitment

When the Paris Agreement was ratified in 2015, it marked the first truly global agreement to address human-caused climate change. The agreement required 195 countries to come together and hammer out issues that historically plagued climate negotiations.

Why this Matters: It’s not an overstatement to say how we tackle global climate change determines the future health and stability of the planet.

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