Has the Paris Climate Agreement Ever Actually Mattered?

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We know — the events of the Paris Climate Agreement went down in 2015. Which, at the rate of our current news cycle seems like forever ago.

But, as you may have noticed, the Agreement keeps popping up in headlines, in timelines, and across newsfeeds, often accompanied by strong opinions regarding its efficacy.

Rather than assessing the Agreement’s efficacy for themselves, however, the focus of many folks often shifts toward the incendiary — toward those strong opinions. Someone states a radical opinion, someone else chimes in, someone comes to the rescue of the initial poster but states an irrelevant fact from an untrustworthy source… you get it.

We’re not here to be incendiary. This article is a journey. It’s a pulling of threads in order to better understand how we’ve gotten here, and to answer the following questions: How much of a difference will the Paris Climate Agreement make in our struggle with climate change? And what impact will President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement actually have?


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