165 for COP21: Leaders Meet in NYC to Sign Climate Agreement
Last Friday, Earth Day, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to sign the climate agreement negotiated four months ago at COP21 in Paris: An agreement that, at least in theory, represents a binding pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and get serious about mitigating climate change.
The U.N. expects some 60 heads of state at the signing ceremony. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, French President Francois Hollande and Canada's Justin Trudeau joined John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, for the event, the largest single-day signing of an international agreement.
"We are breaking records in this Chamber—and that is good news," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks Friday. "But records are also being broken outside; record global temperatures. Record ice loss. Record carbon levels in the atmosphere. We are in a race against time."
Let's try and make it a winning race!
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