U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning declared the signing today of the Paris Agreement on climate change “a new covenant with the future.”
(From Scientific American / by Jean Chemnick)– Addressing a crowded assembly at U.N. headquarters, Ban said leaders from a record 171 nations have gathered to officially sign onto the landmark deal. It is, he said, the largest number of countries to ever sign onto an international agreement on a single day. Secretary of State John Kerry will address the gathering shortly, as well as French President François Hollande and leaders from China, India and dozens of other nations.
“We are breaking records in this chamber. But records have also been broken outside,” Ban said. “Record global temperatures, record ice loss, record carbon levels in the atmosphere. We are in a race against time. I urge all countries to move quickly to join the agreement at the national level so the Paris Agreement can enter into force as early as possible.”
Environmental groups quickly heaped praise on the festivities but said the ceremony is the start of what will be decades of hard work.
“We won’t beat climate change with a piece of paper,” Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “We’re leaving the age of Jurassic fuels behind—for good—and moving to cleaner, smarter ways to power our future.”
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