Nearly 200 nations overcame political divisions on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but plans for more ambitious climate pledges have been shelved for the future.
After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice, officials from around the world finally reached a consensus on a more detailed framework for the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit a rise in average world temperatures to “well below” two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The agreement established a framework for how CO2 emissions would be measured and reported.
It is not an insignificant step towards meeting the 2015 pledges, but climate scientists worry that the existing pledges do not go far enough to combat global warming and worldwide CO2 emissions are up for the second year in a row.
Al Jazeera’s Mereana Hond reports.
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