Climate Deal Reached—But Will Words Be Enough?

By the end of the Paris climate talks, 195 countries committed to a more ambitious target to slow global warming, The New York Times, which also links to the full draft agreement, reports. Reporter Justin Gillis explains, “This agreement adopts a more ambitious target for limiting global warming than in the past by mentioning 1.5 degrees Celsius as part of the concrete goal to stay well below 2 degrees.”

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim was reportedly “in a bit of a shock, a happy shock” over the deal. He said he woke up Sunday much more optimistic about the world his children would inherit, according to the Washington Post. US President Obama said the deal "represents the best chance we have to save the one planet we've got (NBC).

But former NASA scientist James Hansen (known as the Father of Climate Change), called the deal a fraud. He told The Guardian: “It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”

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