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Road to COP26: What Paris deal might bring to fight climate change


Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the Paris climate accord is at the top of the world's agenda again after a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted serious risks and at a time when the world continues to experience a rise in environmental disasters.

Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change reached an agreement to fight climate change and achieve a sustainable low-carbon future at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015.

The Paris Agreement, defined as "a bridge between today's policies and climate-neutrality before the end of the 21st century," seeks to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next century and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible.

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