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Paris climate deal: reaction from the experts

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Guardian: The agreement is extremely welcome. However, we should also be cautious. It is clear that the 1C temperature rise over pre-industrial levels that we have seen so far has triggered a whole range of effects including melting of mountain glaciers, significant sea-level rise, devastating droughts, and flooding. These effects are likely to get much worse with even modest future increases. Keeping temperatures to manageable levels also assumes that we know what the precise link is between atmospheric greenhouse…
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United Kingdom: Ministers bow anger over flood defences

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Telegraph: Ministers have been forced to bow to anger over claims the Government was unprepared for the consequences of the heavy flooding that hit Britain last week.
Public criticism over its ability cope with extreme weather episodes – such as the one which left hundreds of people washed out of their homes across northern England – last night forced Whitehall to announce a major review of Britain’s plans for coping with “worst case” floods.
Under the review, new flood defences will be drawn up for northern…
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Paris deal on climate change met with calls to action from Canadians

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CBC: Experts and environmentalists tried to inject a practical note into Saturday’s celebration over the Paris climate agreement, pointing out Canada still doesn’t have a federal emissions target.
The agreement, which was passed by nearly 200 countries in Paris, asks all countries to restrict their greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. It limits temperature rise to two degrees Celsius.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tweeted that the pact was made “for our children.”
However,…
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Statement from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Historic Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change (HQ)

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This agreement will be seen as a historic moment, a time when the world came together, turned the corner and decided we would put words into action and embrace one of our greatest challenges, combating the threat of climate change.I thank President Obama for his leadership on this issue. I c…
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The world just agreed to a major climate deal in Paris. Now comes the hard part.

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Vox: After two weeks of bleary all-nighters in Paris, diplomats from around the world have hammered out a major global agreement to address climate change. Here’s the full 31-page document, which was approved by 195 countries on Saturday.
It’s important to be clear on what this wad of paper actually does. The Paris climate agreement hasn’t saved the planet and it hasn’t solved global warming. Not by itself. Instead, the deal is supposed to add structure and momentum to efforts that are currently underway…
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Historic Climate Change Agreement Adopted Paris

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Huffington Post: After two weeks of tense talks, word-wrangling and marathon overnight meetings, diplomats in Paris agreed to a global climate change accord on Saturday evening — a day after the summit’s scheduled conclusion.
Leaders and experts cheered the historic agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21, calling it ambitious and realistic, and a crucial step in protecting the Earth for future generations.
“The decisive deal for the planet is here,” French President François…
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Nations strike historic deal climate change

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USA Today: Delegates from 195 countries approved on Saturday a historic climate accord that seeks to slow the rise of greenhouse gasses blamed for putting Earth on a dangerous warming path.
Called the Paris Agreement, the document is the result of five sets of grueling negotiations this year. It seeks to limit rising temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels through the year 2100. It also keeps the door open to a more ambitious 1.5-degree (2.7 degrees…
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Paris agreement a victory for climate science and ultimate defeat for fossil fuels

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Guardian: The right hand of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gripped the gavel in the seconds before striking the historic first global deal on climate change.
Dignitaries, politicians and delegates had filed into the packed La Seine plenary room from about 5.30pm here in Paris.
But there was still time for some last minute drama. It turned out that a paragraph that contained the word “shall” should have read “should”, but the delay was enough to create tension across the venue.
But this is…
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World leaders adopt 1.5 C goal — damn well going to hold them to it

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Grist: Here’s the crucial plaintive paragraph from the preamble to the Paris climate agreement released today, written in the almost indecipherable bureaucratese that attends this international circus:
Emphasizing with serious concern the urgent need to address the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties’ mitigation pledges in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with holding the increase in the global average temperature…
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Paris talks overlooking immediate threats, say climate change activists – video

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Guardian: Climate change activists express their disappointment on Saturday at the final draft of the COP21 climate deal saying that it was too little, too late. Guillaume Durin, an activist from French environmental collective Alternatiba,says people are already affected by climate change and that the agreement is a way of delaying meaningful action
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