The Paris Agreement reflects the collective belief of almost every nation on earth that climate change is humanity`s war and unmasks America`s climate skeptics – including Trump – as global outliers. Indeed, mobilizing support for climate action across the country and around the world gives hope that the Paris Agreement marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. We can all contribute to the cause by looking for ways to reduce contributions to global warming, at the individual, local and national levels. This effort will be worth the reward of a safer and cleaner world for future generations. The Paris Agreement, developed during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) over two weeks in Paris and on the 12th the world`s heads of state and government, representing 195 nations, reached consensus on an agreement that includes commitments from all countries to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. There is a lot of misinformation about the Paris agreement, including the idea that it will hurt the U.S. economy. It was a series of unsused claims repeated by Trump in his rose garden speech in 2017, arguing that the deal would cost the U.S. economy $3 trillion by 2040 and $2.7 million in jobs by 2025, making us less competitive with China and India. But, as the auditors found, these statistics come from a March 2017 unmasked study that exaggerated the future cost of reducing emissions, underestimated advances in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, and totally ignored the enormous health and economic costs of climate change itself.
The American people believe in climate change, and they are determined to fix it. The UN report warns that the terrible effects of climate change will come sooner than many expected. Here`s why we need to follow the report`s advice and why every tonne of emission reductions can make a difference. In fact, research clearly shows that the cost of climate inaction far outweighs the cost of reducing carbon pollution. A recent study suggests that if the U.S. fails to meet its Paris climate goals, it could cost the economy up to $6 trillion in the coming decades. A global failure to comply with the DND currently set out in the agreement could reduce global GDP by more than 25% by the end of the century. Meanwhile, another study estimates that achieving – or even exceeding – that the Paris targets could be very beneficial on a global scale by investing in infrastructure in clean energy and energy efficiency, to the amount of about $19 trillion. Trump – a climate denier who claimed climate change was a “scam” committed by China – announced in June 2017 his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. But despite the rose garden president`s statement that “we`re going out,” it`s not that simple. The withdrawal process requires the agreement to be in force for three years before a country can formally announce its intention to withdraw.
It will be a year before leaving the pact. This means that the United States would not be able to officially withdraw until November 4, 2020, the day after the presidential elections. Even a formal withdrawal would not necessarily be permanent, experts say; A future president could return in just one month. Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which set legally binding emission reduction targets (as well as sanctions for non-compliance) only for developed countries, the Paris Agreement requires all countries – rich, poor, developed and developing – to contribute to and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the Paris Agreement incorporates greater flexibility: there is no language on the commitments countries should make, nations can voluntarily set their emissions targets (NNCs), and countries will not be punished if they fail to meet their targets. . . .