December 17, 2015   •   News


COP21This week marks the ending of the 2016 Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, France, where 195 countries made a legally binding agreement to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. See the agreement

Other outcomes of specific interest for the GRA include:

  • The launch of the 4/1000 Initiative, which aims to increase carbon stocks in agricultural soils (notably grasslands and pastures) and forest soils by 4/1000 per year of the soil carbon stock to improve soil fertility and farm resilience. Get involved
  • The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)’s meeting, where it launched a 5-year scientifically-based policy strategy to substantially reduce emissions of black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and HFCs. See more
  • New Zealand’s announcement that it will invest an additional $20 million NZD towards the GRA over the next four years. See official media release