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First look at the COP 21 deal: what's in-what's out?

Salma Rehman | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:01 IST

The much awaited draft text on climate change talks has been released in Paris, after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations.

Here are the things which have made their way into the agreement

  • Paris draft agreement mentions CBDR but "in light of different national circumstances."
  • Nations have set an aim of keeping temperatures below 1.5C. This is a much tougher ambition than the 2C that nearly 200 governments agreed for the first time, six years ago in Copenhagen.
  • It has been made mandatory for rich nations to assist developing nations. Others like India can contribute "voluntarily" only. Victory for India.
  • Agreed on a five year review of how countries are doing on their climate plans, with the first happening in 2023.
  • Nations have been requested to revise climate plans in 2018.
  • No square brackets in Paris draft, which means no disagreement between nations. But then is this the final deal?

What's missing

No mention on phasing out fossil fuels by 2050 (it was in the previous draft).

First published: 12 December 2015, 8:01 IST
 
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