This Changes Everything: Ottawa Environmentalist Applaud Paris Climate Pact

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Paul Beckwith, an Ottawa climate change researcher, snapped this shot with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Jane McDonald (left), his sister-in-law and McKenna’s advisor, after the agreement was signed. (Submitted by Paul Beckwith)’

Paris climate pact ‘changes everything,’ say Ottawa advocates // CBC News, Posted: Dec 14, 2015 1:44 PM ET

‘Environmental advocates in Ottawa say this weekend’s Paris climate change agreement is a game changer, but “stronger actions” and “stronger commitments” are needed.

On Saturday, nearly 200 countries signed an agreement to collectively cut greenhouse gas emissions. But while the historic event drew loud applause in the conference hall, some are concerned about a lack of sanctions for countries which don’t comply.

“This changes everything,” Mitchell Beer, an observer for the Sierra Club of Canada, told CBC’s Ottawa Morning on Monday. “Yes, it’s a limited agreement,” he said. “It was the most anyone could agree on with 195 countries and multiple negotiating blocks at the table.”‘
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Here is an cogent summary of the ‘Paris climate deal: key points at a glance‘, Guardian // Saturday 12 December 2015

Keeping temperature rises below 1.5C, Article 2.
Pledges to curb emissions
Long-term global goal for net zero emissions, Article 4.
Loss and damage, mechanisms for.
Money, help for developing countries:

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Image ‘Climate Deal: Key Points Summary’
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Once again, I am right there:

Another video is now online, ‘James Hansen Talks Climate (In) Justice and Governmental (Dis)Honesty, at COP21.’  This is a good one by Climate State:


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I am by the way finally out of Paris, and now in Norway.  Giving talks, presenting, meeting.  See my Facebook for additional information, related to GaiaToday.net, ‘KlimaProfessor Paul Beckwith’.

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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