The Paris climate (COP21) talks are over and the deal has been struck, many are rightly calling this deal a huge step forward! All countries agreed to cutting emissions while running a more efficient world economy. Nations of the world have agreed that our current trajectory of wastefulness will make life for everything on the planet very very hard. Even Canada, who had a reputation of sabotaging climate change negations, was invited to facilitate some of the talks.
With all the talk and coverage around COP21 it might seem all so overwhelming. Lucky for us, the Guardian has put together a short article summing up all the great points made in Paris.
Long-term global goal for net zero emissions
Countries have promised to try to bring global emissions down from peak levels as soon as possible. More significantly, they pledged â€œto achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this centuryâ€.
Experts say, in plain English, that means getting to â€œnet zero emissionsâ€ between 2050 and 2100. The UNâ€™s climate science panel says net zero emissions must happen by 2070 to avoid dangerous warming.
Jennifer Morgan of the World Resources Institute said the long-term goal was â€œtransformationalâ€ and â€œsends signals into the heart of the marketsâ€.