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A strong Paris agreement can send the signal to the world that the global transformation to a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy is underway. Seven graphics reveal recent progress the world has made, as well as what needs to be done in Paris and beyond to truly overcome the climate change challenge.

WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan describes COP 21 as "a chance to change course together through a new form of international cooperation—hopefully in time to save the planet."

The international community has adopted a goal to limit global warming below 2°C (3.6°F) above preindustrial levels (and consider 1.5 degrees C) in order to avoid some of the worst climate impacts. However, the 2°C goal does not easily guide every day decision-making because it does not state who needs to act, by how much and by when. So negotiators are considering a second, complementary goal which would operationalize the target to limit warming below 2°C. Many have termed this a “long-term goal” which would aim to send a much clearer signal to the world what pathway key players need to follow to stay below 2°C.


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