The signing of the Paris agreement is the first step towards making it a reality.
The ceremony marks the start of a year-long opportunity for countries to sign the agreement, although most of the world will sign on the opening day. But the process doesn’t end there – nations will still need to ratify the treaty domestically. Only when at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse emissions, have done so will the Paris deal become international law.
Emil Jeyaratnam, Multimedia Editor, The Conversation; James Whitmore, Editor, Environment & Energy, The Conversation, and Michael Hopkin, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.