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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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What is the future of coal power production?

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Environmental News Network: Is Paris the beginning of the end for coal? Coal burning is declining fast in both of the world’s two largest carbon dioxide emitters, China and the the United States, with resulting declines in the emissions of both countries. The fuel looks incompatible with a world that warms by no more than two degrees Celsius, bringing calls for its rapid phaseout as the world is “decarbonized.”
But, with or without a deal here in Paris later this week, will the calls be heeded? Has the demise of King Coal…
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Calif drought: state gets much-needed snow and rain ahead of winter

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Guardian: In an encouraging prelude to winter, California got a heavy dose of snow and rain that the drought-stricken state badly needed, and the wet weather may not be done yet.
While ski resorts rejoiced at the deep snows they were seeing, on the coast rain and wind gusts prompted high surf warnings and repeated cautions from highway patrol to slow down when driving Friday.
California needs all the snow and rain it can get, given years of drought that have dried up reservoirs and left trees parched….
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Most Climate Change Damage Will Happen Before the Two-Degrees Warming Threshold

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Newsweek: Most discourse regarding climate change is based around a simple premise: The more the Earth warms, the greater the damage done to the planet. But in new paper published in Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers found that presupposition is fundamentally flawed. The reality, they write, is more ominous.
Almost all the damage from climate change to vulnerable categories like coral reefs, freshwater availability and plantlife could happen before two degrees Celsius warming, the internationally…
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