When the agreement garnered enough signatures to cross the threshold on October 5, 2016, US President Barack Obama said: “Even if we achieve every goal. We will only reach part of where we need to go. He also said that “this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. It will help other nations reduce their emissions over time and set bolder targets as technology advances, all under a strong transparency system that will allow each nation to assess the progress of all other nations. “  Although the agreement was welcomed by many people, including French President François Hollande and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, criticism also emerged. For example, James Hansen, a former NASA scientist and climate change expert, expressed anger that most of the deal is made up of “promises” or goals and not firm commitments.  He called the Paris talks a fraud without “no deeds, only promises” and believes that only an interterritorial tax on CO2 emissions, which is not part of the Paris Agreement, would reduce CO2 emissions fast enough to avoid the worst effects of global warming.  It will also allow the parties to progressively improve their contribution to the fight against climate change in order to achieve the long-term objectives of the agreement. From 30 November to 11 December 2015, France hosted representatives from 196 countries for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, one of the largest and most ambitious global meetings ever organised. The goal was nothing less than a binding and universal agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions to a level that would prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) above the temperature level set before the start of the Industrial Revolution. The quality of each country on track to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement can be tracked online continuously (through the Climate Action Tracker and the Climate Clock]. . . .
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