A new study has concluded that some countries aren’t too keen on respecting the guidelines mentioned in the Paris Climate Agreement.
The initiative seemed to be great at first, as it offered a unified strategy for tackling climate change, while also offering participating countries the ability to show their support by granting pledges in the form of nationally determined contributions (NDC) which will be used to fight against the damaging effects of greenhouse gases.
A team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona discovered a significant variety issue as the commitments are riddled with consistency issue and lack of transparency.
The researchers agree that the Paris Climate Agreement marked a significant step in the right direction, but the current version of the document is quite ineffective. There are a large number of issues linked to the transparency and consistency of the pledges, which can also encourage other parties to follow a similar path.
Paris Climate Agreement Is Troubled By Inconsistency
One of the major flaws can be identified easily by observing the national pledges on greenhouse gas emission mitigation. They vary wildly from country to country and are below the target of 2 degrees Celsius mentioned in the agreement.
The researchers divided the national commitments into four categories. The first category involved countries who wowed absolute emission reduction to reach a level from the past in the future. In most cases, the target year was 2030. A large number of countries picked a Business as Usual approach, aiming to reduce emissions on a percentage basis by 2030.
The third and fourth categories include emission intensity reductions, or the promise to reduce the emissions in accordance to reference historic year, and pledges which do not include an explicit target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission. Only the total reduction pledges seem to be effective in the long run as the others follow low targets and are accompanied by significant emissions increases. The paper was published in a scientific journal.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.