The U.S. and 26 other countries agree that the Paris climate accord is “an inadequate framework” for limiting global warming to an agreed-upon 2 degrees Celsius.
According to a draft of a new agreement, to be finalized by March 19, the countries hope to move toward a more comprehensive pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, amid skepticism that the Paris accord is strong enough to reduce emissions.
The agreement will also set up the first-ever mandatory global system to verify greenhouse gas emissions, beginning in 2020.
Environmentalists and groups pushing for deeper global climate cuts were expecting a consensus on “ambitious targets” when the draft was released Tuesday.
Tens of thousands of climate change protesters marched in Poland on Tuesday to the head of the U.N.’s climate change agency to make clear that they demand immediate action to reduce global warming.
The free-ranging demonstration was one of several planned around the world Tuesday in what was expected to be a “Day of Action” to spotlight climate change.
The march is part of an effort by activists to put pressure on President Trump to uphold commitments that were made under the U.S. administration to reduce emissions in line with the goals set by the previous administration under former President Barack Obama.
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