FORBES | The year 2020 has thrown the Paris climate process for a loop. This was to be the year that the nearly 200 signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement would revisit their carbon dioxide reduction goals and pledge to deeper cuts in the service of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The COVID pandemic, however, has threatened to sideline efforts to more aggressively address climate change as countries have turned their attention to containing the spread of the coronavirus and providing economic stimulus. Threat turned to reality in April when the United Nation’s climate change body, the UNFCCC, postponed this year’s scheduled climate talks, COP26, which were to have taken place in Glasgow in November. In fact, the Paris Climate process has been in a state of semi-limbo as the world awaits the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, which will likely determine whether the U.S. exit from the agreement will be permanent. The official date for U.S. withdrawal from Paris is November 4, the day after the election.
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