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Climate Talks in Paris Coming to a Close

Emily Rivers, Reporter

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  Although the terrorist attacks that happened in Paris on November 13 are still fresh on the public’s mind, France has shifted its focus on the annual climate conference, where leaders from 195 nations around the world are discussing how to limit average global temperature increases and the climate change that occurs as a result.

  The conference began on November 30 and will end on December 11.

This pictures shows the logo of the climate conferences in Paris, which takes place from November 30 until December 11.

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This picture shows the logo of the climate conferences in Paris, which takes place from November 30 until December 11.

  Despite the fact that there are only a few days left in the conference, countries from all over the world still have many issues to determine a solution for. Deciding whether to stay under 1.5 or 2 degrees celsius of global warming, whether the world’s nations will make a new set of pledges every five years, and what to do with non-compilers are just a few examples of issues that need to be sorted out. 

A graph showing how the current climate pledges could reduce global warming by one degree celcius.

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A graph showing how the current climate pledges could reduce global warming by one degree celcius.

  However, many of these countries have agreed to a few things regarding the climate. Many agreed to reduce carbon dioxide output (which is a main reason for the extreme climate changes) through industries. Cities make up about 70 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions, so focusing on reducing the emissions of the industries within cities is essential.

  In fact, hundreds of cities have agreed to sign the Compact of Mayors, “which requires them to set bold climate goals, adopt a common measurement system for emissions, and publicly report their progress.” 

   Another option, albeit not as popular, is to reduce the amount of meat people consume, which would make it so less livestock is needed. Livestock made up about 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing the amount of livestock would actually help the climate

 

The climate conference was displayed on the Eiffel Tower.

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The climate conference was displayed on the Eiffel Tower.

  As the final days of the climate talks approach, focuses on the impact of climate changes on poorer countries are increasing. Although the poorer countries are the ones contributing the least to climate change, they are the ones dealing with the worst repercussions

  The leaders at the climate conference in Paris are dealing with a variety of issues regarding climate change to ensure a healthy future for the earth and to prevent global warming.

  

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Climate Talks in Paris Coming to a Close