Paris Climate Agreement Negotiations

Even though this agreement is the first universal international collective response to a global threat that has no borders, not all countries have succeeded in sealing an agreement that effectively limits global warming below the 2°C threshold at which climate change will be catastrophic. The mitigation plans put on the table this year by almost all governments, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), fall far short of what needs to be done and even put the world on a 3°C trajectory. In this scenario, there will be almost no Pacific islands in the second half of this century. In Europe, especially in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, two countries that have a very high carbon footprint and an economic model based on excessive consumption of natural resources, it will lead to great coastal erosion.