Paris Agreement

The American Meteorological Society has issued a new report that explains the extreme weather events of 2015 from a climate perspective. The AMS says its research provides evidence that climate change is altering some extreme event risk.

In December 2015 after 21 years of negotiations, 195 nations gathered in Paris and signed off on an international climate action agreement.

PARIS – The world made history at approximately 7:25 p.m. Paris time on Saturday when 195 nations did something that had never been done before. They all agreed on something.

The “something” is really something: a global commitment to confront global climate change after 21 years of diplomatic wrangling. In the plenary hall at a former airport in Paris, there were tears among the hundreds of delegates and support staff who worked for years toward this achievement, climaxing in more than two weeks of around the clock effort to reach that moment on Saturday. Among them were a tired Secretary of State John Kerry and an obviously delighted Al Gore, who has dedicated years of his life and has taken enormous abuse for his efforts to persuade the world that climate action threatens our survival.

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