Paris climate deal is alive, but can it deliver?

Smoke billowing from a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. The Katowice Rulebook agreed by nearly 200 countries in Poland will guide nations on how to measure and report their plans to cut carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.
Smoke billowing from a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. The Katowice Rulebook agreed by nearly 200 countries in Poland will guide nations on how to measure and report their plans to cut carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The world has just had a big climate moment.

At the weekend, nearly 200 nations agreed, after three years of hard bargaining, an operations manual for the world's most sweeping climate pact, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'Paris climate deal is alive, but can it deliver?'. Subscribe