In 2015 Canada proclaimed itself an ally of vulnerable island nations and pushed for an ambitious climate mitigation goal. But since then Canada’s actual commitments under the Paris Agreement have ranked with the world’s weakest. Behind the discrepancy is the lack of a global agreement on a fair method for allocating the remaining carbon emissions budget.
The post-Paris climate negotiations should not be viewed as a stand alone process.
Entitled “The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production,” the report says that just burning fossil fuels from projects presently in operation will produce enough greenhouse gas emissions to push the world well past 2°C of warming this century. Limiting warming to 1.5°C calls for even larger closures of existing operations.
The Paris climate talks are over, and the postmortems on the final agreement are flooding in. Here’s our take…
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