What Are The Problems With The Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement has a “bottom-up” structure unlike most international environmental treaties, which are “top-down” and are characterized by internationally defined norms and goals to be implemented by states. [32] Unlike its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol, which sets commitment targets with the force of law, the Paris Agreement, which emphasizes consensus-building, makes it possible to achieve voluntary and nationally defined targets. [33] Specific climate goals are therefore promoted politically rather than legally binding. Only the processes that govern the preparation of reports and the consideration of these objectives are prescribed by international law. This structure is particularly noteworthy for the United States – since there are no legal mitigation or funding objectives, the agreement is considered an “executive agreement rather than a treaty.” Moreover, the agreement completely ignores a significant source of greenhouse gases from aviation and shipping, accounting for about 10 percent of current global emissions and expected to account for about 20 percent of total emissions over the next decade. .

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.