3 min read.Updated: 14 Dec 2015, 01:36 AM ISTLivemint
The Paris agreement is high on ambition, but low on fixing accountability
The last fortnight saw a battle between developing and developed countries pitching in with their narrative and rhetoric respectively in Le Bourget, located in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. The eventual adoption of the Paris agreement on climate change by 195countries is no mean feat in itself. A target to arrest the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels while making efforts to limit the same to 1.5 degrees Celsius is indeed ambitious and praiseworthy. It would be, at the same time, prudent to recognize that the Paris deal—while high on ambition—is low on fixing accountability.