This Is A Climate Emergency
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The Paris Agreement was drafted between November 20 and December 15, 2015, with 195 countries initially putting their name to it on April 22 the same year. It finally came into force on November 4, 2016.
A rearranged COP25 in 2019 hosted in Spain under the Presidency of Chile failed to achieve any significant progress other than a declaration of intent.
Countries had agreed to revisit or enhance their climate plans by 2020 but this conference in Scotland was postponed because of the global coronavirus pandemic,
Instead in 2020, the day after the Presidential Elections on November 4, the US made good a decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement altogether in a controversial move ordered by President Donald Trump on June 1, 2017.
The hope now is that a President elect in Joe Biden will not only reverse that decision but ensure the US will devote its resources and influence to help lead the world to a concerted effort to tackle the climate emergency.
It sets the stage for the rescheduled COP26 in Glasgow from November 1 to November 12, 2021, becoming the most significant in recent times.
And the possibility that like in Paris a new accord aligned with action on the climate emergency can be agreed.
The Glasgow Agreement. The story starts here …