To counter the catastrophic effects of global warming, the arduous Paris Agreement on Climate Change becomes official today, Friday, November 4, 2016.
To this end, nations, including the United States(US) and China - two of the biggest environmental polluters of carbon emissions, that have signed the agreement, are now legally bonded to cut carbon emissions. Through the reduction of carbon emissions, nations hope to keep global temperature increases under two degrees Celsius - a figure scientists believe is necessary to avert catastrophic and irreversible damage to planet Earth's environment.
As of today, major developing and industrialized nations now have the obligation to limit global warming. Yet, in spite of the planned and already in placed measures to combat climate change, deeper cuts in greenhouse gases might be needed to avert irreversible damage to the environment.
While some scientists applaud the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and its official enforcement, others warn that the plan could see global temperatures rise by 2.7 degrees Celsius, thus suggesting the need for nations to make even greater cuts in the carbon foot print.