Last week in Paris world leaders agreed to work together to tackle climate change in a strong agreement that commits countries, big or small, rich or poor, to pursuing all efforts to limit global warming.
International agreements like these are often packed full of jargon and muddied by media commentary, and in the wake of the Paris agreement we’ve received many questions about what this historic agreement really means. We’ve cut to the chase and answered some of your top questions below.
1. Is this climate agreement really such a big deal?
To some, it may have seemed like negotiators were high-fiving a little too enthusiastically on the weekend as the Paris climate talks drew to a close. Is the agreement really such a big deal? Are paper pledges going to slow our rapidly changing climate?
Christiana Figueres not pictured.
2. What is the 1.5°C target and aren’t we going to overshoot it anyway?
3. Is the agreement legally binding, how are countries going to be held accountable?
Peer pressure will play a role in holding nations to their promises.
4. Does this mean new coal mines in Australia will continue to go ahead?
Developing new coal mines will not be in vogue if we’re going to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
5. What does the agreement mean for animal agriculture?
The focus on animal agriculture and climate change won’t blow over.