With less than two weeks to go before the Paris climate conference, the Obama administration is doubling down on hard science and fending off climate deniers in Congress.
As we approach the end of 2015, the international conference on climate change in Paris in December has begun to spark more debate over the appropriate amount of climate action. According to a report from Business Standard, United States President Barack Obama has gained the support of 90 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emitters in anticipation of making a worldwide deal to cut emissions down to more sustainable levels.
According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, “The President is optimistic… Based on the significant contributions and commitments that have been made by countries around the world.”
The countries that have made commitments to cooperate in Paris talks later this year account for 90 percent of the world’s atmospheric carbon dioxide. The administration hopes for an agreement that is both ambitious and verifiable.
With the majority of the scientific community sounding the alarm about climate change, it is high time international governments make an effort to address the issue.
The conference in Paris will bring together some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, including China and India, who account for a significant chunk of greenhouse gases due to their bustling energy sectors that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal. Despite their rapid growth, however, both nations have made considerable investments in renewable technologies like solar power, and appear eager to address the issue of climate change.
A fact sheet from the White House outlining the details of the conference, as well as the strategic importance for securing an agreement among some of the world’s most polluting countries, can be found here.