Recorded Dec. 16, 2016
A conversation with
CHRIS FIELD – Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
KATHARINE MACH – Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Univ.
The historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, agreed to at an international conference last December, became a legal reality far earlier than experts had dared even hope. Thanks to its ratification by over 80 countries, it entered into force on November 4. Now comes the hard part … The goals outlined in the agreement must be met. And with the election of a man who says climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese … well, the hard part just got even harder.
It is one thing to sign an agreement. It is far more difficult for any country to actually institute the policies required to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions. Indeed, the global community will actually have to exceed what was promised at the Paris Conference if the world is to limit the warming of the planet to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as the Paris agreement calls for.