Secretary Kerry signs the Paris Agreement April 22, 2016
Secretary Kerry signs the Paris Agreement at the U.N., April 22, 2016

175 Countries Sign Paris Climate Agreement; China Halts Plans to Build Coal-Fired Plants

USA Today (4/22) reported that 175 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement at a U.N. ceremony in New York - setting a record for most countries to sign an international agreement on its first day open for signature. The Paris Agreement will come into effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions formally join through ratification.

 
Reuters (4/22) said the U.S. and China, which together account for 38 percent of emissions, pledged to formally adopt the Paris Agreement by the end of the year, increasing chances the agreement will come into effect swiftly.
 
Christian Science Monitor (4/22) analyzed various elements that facilitated the creation of the Paris Agreement, such as individual leadership, collective learning, an attitude of turning talk into action, and a decentralized approach in which countries developed their own plans.  
 
The New York Times (4/25) reported that China announced new guidelines that will effectively halt plans to build about 200 new coal-fired power plants around the country. 
 
The Washington Post (4/22) said an influential group of world leaders, known as the Carbon Pricing Panel, is calling on governments to double the percentage of global emissions covered under carbon pricing schemes by the year 2020 and quadruple it within the next decade. 
 
Sectors
Energy, Adaptation
Strategic Objective
Mitigation, Adaptation
Topics
Mitigation, Emissions, Development, Conflict and Governance, Climate Policy, Climate Finance, Clean Energy, Adaptation
Region
Global, Asia

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