The UN Panel on Climate Change met for four days in Rome to come up with a long-term plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The meeting, which ended Saturday, reached an agreement which they are calling “the roadmap to save humanity.” According to The New York Times:
“The Paris Agreement, forged last year, had set a goal of limiting the rise in temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius. But the negotiators said a stronger goal was needed. They agreed that to meet the earlier goal, global warming needs to come down to 1.5 degrees C. And they outlined a way of doing that by setting two key targets: gradually beginning to phase out fossil fuels, and then to pursue an economic shift to the clean energies like wind and solar power that are already available.”
Cooperation at UN was limited, however, and the most dangerous part of the agreement was left out–the one which deals with how much of the accord countries need to uphold over time.
Gregory Abbott, the governor of Texas, is set to address the March gathering of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington D.C., where he is expected to denounce President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.