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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Paris Agreement on climate change

Monday, December 14, 2015

Queen's University biologist John Smol is available to comment on the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was finalized over the weekend. The agreement, considered by to be the world's first "universal" climate agreement, calls for a commitment to keep the rise in global temperatures "well below" 2 C compared to pre-industrial times, financial assistance for developing nations to allow more rapid access to renewable energy and global carbon neutrality after 2050 but before 2100.

"For years we have been sleepwalking to disaster. In Paris, we woke up," says Dr. Smol. "There are lots of things still to worry about regarding the overall process of implementation and various details, but we now have an historic agreement acknowledging what a mess we are all in and that we have to deal with it and deal with it fast."

Dr. Smol is available for print and radio interviews.

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