Climate cold glacier iceberg. Icelandic glaciers. Photo by: Jay Mantri
Climate cold glacier iceberg. Icelandic glaciers. Photo by: Jay Mantri

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Written by: Matthew McGuire

The Climate Change Conference in Paris hosted over 180 countries that traveled to France to reach an agreement on decreasing the production of carbon emissions for each country.

Overall, the agreement calls for continued regulation over carbon emissions, and additional reform objectives in 2020.

Recently, President Barack Obama voted against the Keystone Pipeline, and continues to show his position on climate change with support for the end of fossil fuel production within his COP21 proposal.

Environmentalists could argue that his regulations are not strict enough, (which I tend to agree with.) On an opposing stance, this bill can be seen as another step in the right direction.

Read through the proposal from President Barack Obama on the framework to the Climate Change Conference in Paris.

“Noting the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, including oceans, and the protection of biodiversity, recognized by some cultures as Mother Earth, and noting the importance for some of the concept of “climate justice”, when taking action to address climate change.” – President Barack Obama

Within political news, I have noticed media outlets pointing out that Bernie Sanders pulls Hillary Clinton slightly more left on issues, such as the environment. One dimension about Bernie Sanders that I have not noticed yet, is how he may be pulling President Barack Obama more to the left on issues as well.

“Now skeptics said these actions would kill jobs. Instead we’ve seen the longest streak of private sector job creation in our history. We driven our economic output to all time highs, while driving our carbon pollution down to its lowest point in almost two decades.” – President Barack Obama 

“Consider, that in the time since we convened at Copenhagen, to now in 2015. The price of solar power has dropped by more than 80%. Install capacity has nearly increased by 500%.” – John Kerry

Despite the overwhelming support to move away from fossil fuel production, National Geographic states how the cutbacks currently set will still cause environmental damage.

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The Sierra Nevada’s snowpack is at a 500-year low. Skiers, hikers, farmers, forests, and virtually every other living thing in California are feeling the effects of the low snowpack. Scientists say climate change is expected to intensify droughts like the one that has devastated California for the past four years.

Before arriving in Paris, 187 countries, representing more than 90 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, submitted plans to reduce their emissions in coming decades. Those plans come nowhere close to reaching the goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees – let alone 1.5 degrees. In fact, analysis by two teams–one in Germany, one associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology–say the plans, if followed, would lead to between 2.7 degrees or 3.5 degrees of warming.

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Climate Agreement

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President Obama delivers a statement on the Climate Agreement at the White House on December 12, 2015.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at COP21

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