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Historic Paris Agreement "not enough" to tackle climate change, say groups

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The United Nations (UN) and a number of charity groups have argued that the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement, which took effect late last week, is “not enough” to effectively tackle climate change.

The Agreement, which provides a legal framework for 195 countries to individually address climate change, marks the first time that separate Governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises.

As of Friday 4 November, Governments have agreed to keep the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement aims to achieve this in part by reducing made-made carbon emissions across the globe – news which will be welcomed by the ever-expanding renewables sector.

However, a UN review of national pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions has suggested that the agreed targets are insufficient.

These concerns have been echoed by a number of environmental bodies.

Asad Rehman, international climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “The Paris agreement is a major step in the right direction, but it falls a long way short of the giant leap needed to tackle climate change.

“Far tougher action is needed to rapidly slash emissions.”

Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change for charity, ActionAid, added: “The Paris agreement sends a much-needed signal to politicians and industry that we have to build a new world, and this has to start now.

“However, the deal is not enough to keep people and the planet safe.”