Whatever he does as president, the Paris Agreement is already international lawby Stephen Cornelius / November 15, 2016 / Leave a comment
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The Paris Agreement on climate change became international law on 4th November, much sooner than anyone imagined last December when the deal was struck. By that date 100 countries, accounting for more than 69 per cent of global emissions, had joined the climate action club by ratifying the Agreement—and more have done so over the past week.
UN climate talks taking place in Marrakech will see the birth of a new negotiating body to oversee the implementation of the Agreement and its five-yearly cycle to tighten climate targets. In itself, the Agreement does not go far enough to prevent further run-away climate change, and national pledges to date have been grossly insufficient. Indeed, the British government is yet to ratify Paris, although it has pledged to do so by the end of the year.
However, the framework agreed in Paris and rules being hammered out in Marrakech will still be hugely significant, in that global rules agreed by all participating nations will make the fight to limit climate change less susceptible to the political winds of individual countries.
In politics, the pendulum swings from one side to the other, but in climate science, it is moving in one direction. And that science is being taken seriously by people everywhere. There has never been greater momentum from businesses, cities and governments to engage in solving our climate crisis. This gives me confidence that the world will forge ahead toge…