On climate change, we’re now living on borrowed time

Activists wearing masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker hold up a banner reading "G19: Don't Trump our Planet" as they stand next to a giant balloon of the Earth with a haircut alluding to US President Donald Trump in front of the Chancellery in Berlin on June 29, 2017. PHOTO | JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Under the 2015 Paris agreement, nearly 200 nations had pledged to limit world temperatures to a 2C (3.6F) rise on the pre-industrial era.
  • Population pressures, urbanisation, industrialisation and our carefree attitude have contributed to environmental degradation.
  • Nature is generous but can be unforgiving.

The global climate change agenda is at a crossroads, following the recent announcement by the United States that it will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

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