COP21: A Giant Step Forward, or Just More Words?

Dec 22nd 2015

Most of us cheered at the conclusion of the COP21 in Paris, and breathed a great sigh of relief that this latest effort to reach global consensus on addressing climate change didn’t end in stalemate. For the first time, the world has a global agreement on climate change that involves nearly all countries and that has put in place elements essential to prevent dangerous warming. It is clear that the agreement is not enough to prevent the world from warming to the 2° degree limit, which is itself too high, but it is an essential step on the difficult path to climate – and social and economic  – stability.