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by David Duperrault

On December 12, 2015, delegations from 195 nations reached consensus on a historic climate accord. The Paris Agreement was the culmination of a process that began in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, when the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created.  The three central objectives of the Paris Agreement are:

(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;