The Paris Agreement and what is wrong with the current framework
Updated: Jul 7, 2019
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) completed 25 years of its adoption in 2017. But there were little celebrations. An exhibition titled Richard Kinley Gallery at UNFCCC’s headquarters was the only reminder of the occasion. But there are many things to remember in 2017. It was the warmest non-El Niño year and the second-hottest year on record after 2016. The year was marred with unpredictable and deadly weather across the globe. The Arctic and the Antarctic experienced heat waves, all major cities of India were hit by extreme rainfall and the Caribbean and American coast were battered for the first time by three high intensity hurricanes in a single season. The US is also experiencing record cold this winter, dubbed ‘bomb cyclone’, with the US president Donald Trump asking for “a little bit of that good old Global Warming”. But Trump and his likes are wilfully ignorant. A warmer Arctic will bring record cold in the US and Canada. What 2017 will be most remembered for is exposing, like never before, the inherent weaknesses in the UNFCCC.