CLIMATE DISASTER GROWING, COMMITMENTS FALTERING AT MOMENT OF SIGNING INADEQUATE PARIS ACCORD

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22 april 2016

Uncertainty clouds climate deal as nations prepare to sign accord

Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent Financial Times, April 22, 2016

As world leaders make their way to the UN in New York for Friday’s formal signing of the ​climate change accord jubilantly agreed in Paris four months ago, the sobering challenge of ​meeting the pact​'s goals​ is evident.

Much has changed since nearly 200 countries struck the deal in December. These are some of the shifts underlining the difficulties ahead.

The planet got much hotter

The first three months of this year broke heat temperature records by the biggest margin ever measured. So much ice melted in the Arctic and Greenland that scientists at Denmark’s 144-year-old weather agency said they had to “check that our models were still working properly”.


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