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Climate Professor: COP24 a political success but far from enough

The world's countries ratified a new climate agreement Saturday evening, but it will not be enough to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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The countries of the world came to an agreement at the COP24 climate summit held in Poland regarding how efforts to mitigate climate will proceed in practice.

But while this is all well and quaint – the world needs far higher ambitions, says Dr. Sebastian Mernild, Professor of Climate Change and Glaciology and CEO of the Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), about the agreement regarding the target of limiting rising global temperatures to under 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, relative to pre-industrial levels.

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