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Will the 2014 UN Climate Summit Prove to be a Real Game Changer?

Will the 2014 UN Climate Summit Prove to be a Real Game Changer?

Some may have thought that climate change had fallen off the political radars across the planet, but #Climate2014 has certainly proven that wrong! The UN Climate Summit 2014 held in New York City with leaders from around the world, paired with the catalyzing People’s Climate March held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 made for a large wake up call.

“The World Bank also announced that more than 1,000 businesses — along with 73 countries and 22 states, provinces and cities — have expressed their support for carbon pricing. Not to mention the announcement of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund selling $50 billion US worth of fossil fuel assets in an effort to fight global warming.”

Billions have been pledged for a global climate fund to set specific targets for using cleaner energy and cutting down on greenhouse gasses.
However, the key ingredient will be getting will be getting a binding agreement during the 2015 Paris conference.

“There is one bright spot, […] in the effort to fight climate change — the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to protect the ozone layer by phasing out chemical substances that deplete it.

Those substances — chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — are also powerful greenhouse gases.

The power of the Montreal Protocol lies in the ability to ensure signatories follow the rules by prohibiting certain trades with other member parties.

Since its implementation, the Montreal Protocol has reduced CFCs by the equivalent of 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to a 2007 book published by the UN Environmental Program.”

Read the full article on CBC World News.

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