A graduate of the Lewis & Clark and George Washington University law schools. Zach Pilchen maintains a focus on environmental law with special emphasis on topics related to clean air and climate change. Zach Pilchen has experience working with federal agencies such as the Department of Justice’s Environmental & Natural Resources Division.
A large group of world leaders came together at the United Nations headquarters on April 22 to add their names to the Paris Agreement. This groundbreaking pact represents a global commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial records.
The goal is not just an arbitrary target. This figure represents the difference between acceptable levels and dangerous conditions, according to experts. The Paris Agreement also calls for global emissions to peak and for nations to take serious measures to reduce emissions rapidly after that point.
The Paris Agreement is set to take effect in 2020. Nations are continuing to sign the agreement, adding their voices to the call for global environmental standards. Individual countries are creating national climate action plans in the meantime to help work out how they will contribute to the global effort.