COP21, the 21st UN Climate talks held over 12 days in Paris, closed on the 12th December, 2015, with the signing of an ‘historic’ agreement. 

The 195 nation accord obliges states to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius, above pre-industrial levels.  However, the 31 page ‘Paris Agreement’ goes further, it exhorts Countries to  pursue efforts to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees, and introduces a package of measures to cap rising temperatures, inc. $100 billion a year, to help developing countries cope with global warming, while meeting their obligations to cut emissions.

 

Elizabeth Seary from Borve, and part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition,  returning after attending events around the talks in Paris, said , “Its a great start and acknowledges the extreme urgency of the crisis, the risks from runaway climate change and our need to act responsibly; however, there is much more to be done, individually and collectively to ensure a more stable and secure future.  We all have a part to play, even seemingly small actions like turning off appliances, better home insulation, using public transport, or choosing a renewable energy supplier, all add up and make a difference.  Scotland is leading the way in reducing GHG emissions, we have managed to set the most ambitious targets anywhere in Europe, 42% by 2020, and a further 83% by 2030, it is something we should all be very proud of, and something to build upon.”

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Details of the Paris Agreement, can be found at :

http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/6911.php?priref=600008831

 

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