Climate Change and the Environment
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The US and EU are essential partners in addressing the critical challenges of climate change and environmental degradation. Until the Obama administration, they alternated in taking leadership roles to protect the thinning ozone layer and to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases. During Obama’s two terms, the US and the EU worked together to achieve a very significant agreement at the 2016 Paris Climate Accords. While the Paris Agreement was not perfect, it represented a finely tuned balance between the diverging requirements of the key stakeholders, committed key developing countries to take action and put the world on a trajectory to address rapidly increasing global warming. Whether it will succeed depends, in part, on successful implementation of detailed rules and a virtuous cycle of rising expectations and private sector innovation. The US and the EU are also critical players in the search to protect the world’s oceans and endangered species.