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In Last Months In Office, Here's How Obama Is Working To Cement Paris Climate Accord
The multi-year effort to secure a new international climate agreement reached a crescendo last December when the world came together to strike the Paris climate agreement. This was a historic moment with profound implications for our planet, and it rightly attracted leaders from 196 countries and almost 50,000 participants.
The attention was well deserved. But now, countries are left with the critical task of bringing the agreement into effect, meeting the commitments within it, and negotiating the steps necessary to fulfill its potential. Lead climate negotiators from countries around the globe are in Bonn, Germany, this week discussing these vital next steps.
For the Obama administration, rather than affording it a respite from the issue for its final year, the Paris agreement injected a new urgency into the President’s international climate agenda and bequeathed an ambitious workload for the next seven months. Success for the U.S. over this time-span will in large part hinge on how these following questions are answered...