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The Paris Agreement enters into force

The Paris Agreement’s entry into force marks a historic step in the fight against climate change. Each and every country now has to put in place effective measures to reduce emissions.

The Paris Agreement enters into force today, the 4th of November 2016. The signatory countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put in place strategies to combat climate change. The agreement represents a common effort to keep the global temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels, aiming to not exceed 1.5°C.

94 countries have ratified the agreement so far, with the United States, China, India, and the European Union in the lead. This represents a historic event as the main carbon-emitting countries have committed for the first time to drastically reducing emissions. Plus, the agreement enters into force in less than a year from COP21.

It is a “turning point in the fight against climate change. It’s a necessary step to save our future and support more sustainable economies and societies,” said Ermete Realacci, chairman of Italy’s Environment Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. “COP22 in Morocco will be an important occasion to take further efforts to reach the common aim of maintaining the temperature rise well below 2 degrees. A challenge we can overcome”.

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Leonardo DiCaprio at the United Nations. Photo via emal Countess/Getty Images

What’s next with COP22 in Marrakech

COP22 will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November and will be the first occasion for the signatory countries to meet and continue efforts. Countries are expected to pledge to put in place real measures to reduce CO2 emissions. In view of COP22, WWF Italia has conducted a study on policies and measures to support the adoption of sustainable sources of energy instead of coal.

“Coal is the fossil fuel that most emits CO2. Each kWh of energy generated from coal equals to 870 grams of CO2, while from gas is 370 grams and from renewable energies is zero. It’s clear that the use of coal is not compatible with the environmental goals set to combat climate change and, thus, there’s the need of phase out this fossil fuel.

The Paris Agreement on social networks

In occasion of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC and the Italian Climate Network have urged each of us to share the event on social networks through articles, blogs and images by using the hashtag #ParisAgreement. In addition, recognising the role of mutual strengthening and the support of the sustainable development goals, you can also use the hashtags #GlobalGoals#COP22 and #ClimateAction.

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