By Ruojing Liu

Five experts shared concerns and optimism last Monday after the international community’s new landmark COP21 climate change agreement reached in Paris last December.

A panel session held by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Feb. 1 included experts from the political, economic, business and media fields to discuss the future impact of the new COP21 goal – to keep global warming below the 2-degree Celsius threshold.

The agreement, put together at the United Nation’s 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21, in Paris last fall limits the increase in global average temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to the level before the Industrial Revolution, a threshold considered by many scientists as critical to keep the planet habitable for humans. The plan was regarded as a milestone in the international effort to battle global warming, and the goal an ambitious one…

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