Today, leading officials have announced that a breakthrough consensus has been reached in France’s informal climate meeting. The Summit of Conscience for the Climate is an informal, but still very important conference where world leaders have agreed on the measures that will be used to fight global warming in the future.
The Paris meeting was meant to pave the way for the upcoming official U.N climate conference that will also take place in the city. Only a quarter of U.N. members have sent their representatives to this early meeting, but the present officials took it very seriously.
Lead French climate negotiator Laurence Tubiana has showed great confidence when she talked to the press. She claims that an unprecedented agreement has been reached upon the matter of joint regular reviews. These reviews will assess how efficient the methods agreed upon will be over a period of five years.
She stresses that although most details have not been talked over, the fact that there is willingness from each member to reach a consensus is vital. President François Hollande has opened this meeting. He talked in his speech about how current measures are clearly not enough to offset the increasing levels of CO2 emissions.
He believes that in order for an accord to have a visible effect, each nation must be willing to renounce a significant portion of their use of fossil fuels. It remains to be seen if his view will be shared by other leaders in the upcoming conference.
But Pope Francis’ highly popular climate meeting in Vatican has once again caught the world’s attention to this matter. With 2015 breaking heat records and problems such as the rising of the sea levels or the melting of the polar ice being increasingly visible, world leaders may be forced to adopt drastic measures in order to fight this threat.
After the earlier accord between the U.S., Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark, the talks in Paris represent another sign that nations are willing to set aside their differences in the face of increased warning from the scientific community that our planet is in danger.
The official U.N. conference is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 11. Representatives from all 196 countries will be present in order to draft and sign an agreement on the matter. The entire world will be watching the summit and, if today’s talks are anything to go by, things are finally looking up for our planet.
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