The Lima Accord: Global Climate Change Deal Based on Transparency

For the first time, the world’s nations have agreed to cut back on the use of oil, gas, and coal. Marathon negotiating sessions have resulted in the Lima Accord, named after the Peruvian city where delegates gathered last week to address climate change. Each country has agreed to pass laws to reduce carbon emissions, with goals and target dates to be determined. Plans will be submitted by March 31, then published on a U.N. website and made publicly available. The plans will form the basis for a formal agreement to be signed at a meeting in Paris later next year. The deal doesn’t include any legally binding requirements, just transparency. It will be a visible test of just how much leverage can be created via peer pressure to make global progress on climate change.

John Howell, Editorial Director