The world is looking to Paris as world leaders gather in the city to open the UN Climate Summit (COP 21) where governments from more than 190 countries are expected to forge a new, global climate agreement that paves the way for an accelerated transition to a 100% renewable energy future.
For the first time ever over 150 countries have submitted national climate action plans known in technical UN-speak as INDCs. Submitted over the past 9 months these pledges, including some from countries who have never taken action before, can help to bend the curve of projected global warming closer to the internationally agreed target of of 2°C – or ideally 1.5°C. However they are not enough to achieve this goal alone, so the Paris Summit must build on them. MORE