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18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Rule-book resuscitates Paris climate treaty

Rule-book resuscitates Paris climate treaty

At one point, the Paris Climate agreement, signed in 2015, seemed to be dead in the water with several top nations refusing to sign a clear document, chalking out measures to bring down emissions. However, recently, 200 nations have signed a rule book under which respective nations will reportedly make efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and ensure that temperature rise in the future is well below two Celsius.

What the world now has is a framework but the rule book will end up being just a vacuous document if the top emitters like China, India and the USA do not take visible steps to promote a greener lifestyle. The problem with understanding climate change among the common people is that experts inject too many technical terms, making the issue opaque. In simple language, unless the world unites to cut the use of fossil fuel and resorts to a pollution free technology, climate change will continue in extreme weather patterns: scorching heat in summer and intense cold in winter with dry monsoon or too much rain.

In short, the rich nations have a duty to perform since their dogged pursuit of urbanization has resulted in relentless ravaging of nature. While the rule book was signed, pledges were made for more money, though just handing out large sums to silence voices is hardly a panacea. For climate change mitigation to work effectively, the first examples need to be set by industrialised nations which rely a lot on fossil fuels. The strategy of polluting ecology and handing out generous grants is hardly a solution. The rule book mentions the need to help island states and other countries that face sea level rise, drought and irregular weather patterns. That support has to come with a comprehensive drive to make people living at the forefront of climate disasters aware of the threat and ways to minimize it.  In Bangladesh and several countries, extreme weather patterns resulting in flood, too much or too little rain and soil erosion have triggered mass exodus of people, known as climate refugees. The first world states must understand that their reckless actions often lead to homelessness of millions, pushing countless families into a cycle of poverty and deprivation. Climate change can only be tackled when big nations start to follow up their financial assistance by some exemplary action of their own.  

 

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