Nations Agree on Plan for Emissions Monitoring Rules

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November 20, 2016

Two weeks of talks on global warming in Marrakesh, Morocco, have resulted in an agreement to finalise rules for the Paris Agreement.

The deal, approved by hundreds of nations in late 2015, sets targets for nations to cut emissions of greenhouse emissions. What was not included in the deal was firm parameters for reporting and monitoring of the nations' progress toward the goals.

The Marrakesh agreement sets a deadline of December 2018 for working out how to report and monitor emissions. That two-year window is half that allowed by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Of particular relevance to several leaders of countries who have signed the agreement was a reaffirmation of dedication to the agreement's goals, a primary one of which was to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 degrees Fahrenheit).

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