Global Climate Deal Becomes International Law

The landmark global climate change agreement made in Paris last year officially went into effect on Friday Nov 4th, just days before the start of the next round of global climate talks in Morocco that will focus on how to put the goals outlined in the Paris deal into action.

The deal brokered in Paris at the December 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the 21st Conference of the Parties or COP21, legally binds developed and developing countries to keep average global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. According to the UNCCC, 97 of the 197 countries that signed the deal have ratified it, including major greenhouse gas emitters China, the European Union, India and the U.S. Key to the temperature target being reached is countries committing to their nationally determined contributions, or NDCs — national pledges to cut carbon emissions.

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