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Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Monday, November 7, 2016

COPbot makes its debut appearance today at the COP 22 climate change conference in Marrakech!

COP 22 follows the Paris Agreement which came into force on 4 November 2016 with 100 out of 197 Parties now having ratified the Convention. The key goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit future temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and also aim to limit this further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The target is for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, and then rapidly decline.

Despite the progress made by the Paris Agreement, many challenges still remain. The call for action is becoming increasingly urgent, with 2015 being the warmest year since modern records began and the first six months of 2016 being the hottest recorded.

Countries have submitted their Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) which set out their plans to cut emissions in order to contribute towards the Paris Agreement targets. However, there is still a large gap between this and emission reductions required to meet the temperature increase limit of 2 degrees.

Proceedings at COP 22 will aim to address this gap and negotiate more ambitious NDCs as well as discuss how these plans might be achieved.


Source: The Emissions Gap Report 2016, UNEP

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