What Was Agreed to in the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement was a historic international treaty signed on December 12, 2015, by 196 countries aimed at battling climate change. The agreement sets out a framework for countries to work together to keep global warming well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, if at all possible. Here is what was agreed upon in the Paris Agreement.

Firstly, countries agreed to regularly update their climate pledges, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), every five years to reflect their progress towards their climate targets. The goal is to achieve global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of this century.

Secondly, countries recognized the importance of financial flows to developing countries to help them transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. Developed countries agreed to contribute $100 billion annually to this effort by 2020 and to continue at least through 2025.

Thirdly, countries pledged to enhance their efforts to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change.

Fourthly, countries agreed to strengthen cooperation on technology development and transfer to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Finally, all countries pledged to keep the temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels. To achieve this goal, countries agreed to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and to cooperate in adapting to the impacts of climate change.

In conclusion, the Paris Agreement is a significant milestone in the global fight against climate change. It is a framework for countries to work together to tackle the biggest challenge facing humanity today. As we continue to face the challenges posed by climate change, it is essential to maintain the momentum and commitment to the Paris Agreement`s goals. Only by working together can we hope to keep our planet healthy and safe for future generations.