Paris Climate Change Conference

Paris Climate Agreement Adopted

The two-week UNFCCC COP21 Paris climate negotiations came to a close on Saturday, December 12 with the adoption of a global climate change agreement. 

In a White House televised address (12/12), President Obama praised the agreement. He noted, “The problem’s not solved because of this accord, but make no mistake, the Paris Agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis. It creates the mechanism, the architecture for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way.” 

A White House press release (12/12) also praised the agreement.  

The State Department (12/13) covered Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the agreement.
The New York Times’ Coral Davenport (12/12) described how the Paris agreement compares to the Copenhagen deal and what the new accord means for next steps to tackle climate change. 
The Atlantic (12/16) provided a "Reader's Guide," or interpretation, of the Paris Agreement.
The Huffington Post (12/16) reviewed the transparency and monitoring elements of the agreement, designed to help countries keep track of progress over time.
A New Yorker article (12/15) lays out what the Paris agreement means for vulnerable nations, especially small island nations that are already suffering from the effects of climate change.
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