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A World-Wide Framework to Foster A Prosperous Climate

Published: Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:09
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2015 was the hottest year to date, and Earth’s temperature continues to rise. Now, for the first time ever, 195 countries across the world have agreed to an environmental treaty known as the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The main objective, along with maintaining sustainable development, is to hold the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C. In order to achieve this goal, we must virtually halt emitting greenhouse gasses into the air by the year 2060 according to “A Reader’s Guide to the Paris Agreement” (Dec 16, 2015 The Atlantic). The rate of our current emissions productions has led to the critical need for finding a method of removing carbon dioxide from the air through so-called “negative emissions” technologies, noted by Knutti, et al. in “A Scientific Critique of the Two-degree Climate Change Target.” (Nature Geoscience, 2016; 9:13-18) While negative emissions are not mentioned explicitly throughout the text of the Agreement, it is certainly a noticeable undertone. See: https://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf.