This is the fourth article in a series exploring the global climate meetings, the Conferences of the Parties (COP). It explores many of the key elements of the Paris Agreement and the way they have influenced current global climate negotiations. The next article will cover the remaining elements of the Paris Agreement and a final article will recap COP 27.
On November 4th, 2016, brilliant green lights illuminated the Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triomphe to celebrate the Paris Agreement coming into effect. Just under a year earlier, global leaders gathered in the City of Lights to hammer out the most comprehensive climate agreement in history. Compared to Kyoto, which took eight years to come into effect, Paris had been ratified with lightning speed. Moreover, the Kyoto Protocol only bound industrialized nations to cut emissions, but the Paris Agreement committed nearly every nation on earth to climate