Paris climate deal just a beginning

YEARS of negotiations culminated as the Paris agreement on climate change was accepted last month, paving the way for ambitious action to protect the earth from catastrophic climate change.

At the conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 195 nations signed the accord.

Pending ratification, the Paris agreement is legally binding and will come into force in 2020, committing nations to decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Critically, the need for substantial and urgent reductions in global emissions