|Key text from the newly released COP21 Agreement Draft|
The COP21 Paris Climate Conference has unveiled the final draft of a global agreement to fight climate change by cutting back on greenhouse gas/carbon emissions. Bureaucrats and negotiators are expected to work deep into the night to hammer out the sections that are still up in the air. And we might even get a final decision by end-of-day Thursday.
One of the biggest advances made is in a seemingly small number: the difference between 1.5° and 2° Celsius. Climate scientists and advocates have successfully pushed for the inclusion of a 1.5° cap on global warming and not the previously planned 2° cap. Their suggestions have made it to the final draft of the "actionable" part of the agreement (i.e., the Articles).
Given how other crucial concerns like indigenous rights and human rights have been relegated to the Preamble, which is less actionable than the Articles, this is promising--though only very tentative--news.
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