Governments began work on Monday on seeking ways to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming. It’s the first time experts have meet since the 195 nations reached their landmark deal last December.
With the first four months of this year the hottest ever recorded, the 2,500 delegates meeting in Bonn are under pressure to make progress.
The Paris agreement sets targets for shifting the world to green energies by 2100 but is vague, however UN Climate chief Christiana Figueres is optimistic:
“If you want to hear why I think that we are going to go very quickly now, it’s because: yes, certainly the threats have been fully understood (…) Side by side with the further understanding of the threats, what has really changed the dynamic is the understanding of the many many compelling opportunities that come with addressing climate change.”
The Bonn conference will last for ten days. Many of the delegates have already raised concerns about rising temperatures and extreme weather events. Figueres says time is of the essence and plans must be put in place to allow for the reporting and monitoring of individual government plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions.