What does the Paris Agreement mean for the UK?

The 2015 United Nations climate change summit in Paris (COP21) saw the first ever agreement under which virtually every country, including all major carbon-emitting economies, pledged to constrain their greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of keeping global warming well below two degrees Celsius. Governments also agreed measures to help poor nations protect themselves against climate impacts, and the outline of a system for monitoring and verifying countries’ compliance with their pledges.

Leaders including Barack Obama, David Cameron, François Hollande and Xi Jinping have described the Paris Agreement as important. In this booklet, experts in fields as diverse as energy, investment, wildlife, security and faith explore what impact they think it will have on the UK and the rest of the world. 

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