Home >politics >policy >Poll: Do you think developed nations will adhere to terms of the Paris climate deal?

The climate deal adopted in Paris is being hailed as a historic deal that succeeded in getting nearly all countries to jointly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It calls for nations to work toward capping global temperature increases since pre-industrial times to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). (Read more on the deal here).

The biggest change incorporated in the Paris pact was a call for developing countries—and not just developed countries—to take publicly announced emission reduction actions, unlike in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol where only rich nations were required to do so.

The Paris agreement commits developed countries to provide finance of $100 billion a year by 2020, but this pledge is ambiguous and lacks a clear roadmap. Consequently, it weakens the stand of countries like India who wanted a clear roadmap for finance in order to move to cleaner technologies. (Read more on the pressures India is now likely to face here)

As the developed world gets more flexibility for their obligations than they had under the Kyoto accord, do you think they will adhere to the terms of the Paris climate deal?

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