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Why Did Poland Ratify The Paris Agreement? Because It Has No Binding Targets

Joseph Dussault, The Christian Science Monitor

The European Union officially ratified the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, along with several member nations. Among them was a most unlikely signatory: Poland, whose reliance on coal had previously threatened the deal….

Why did Poland acquiesce to such a drastic change? One possibility is that the change won’t be very drastic at all.

Despite the EU’s overarching aspirational goals, nation-specific agreements are not included in the legally binding portion of the Paris agreement. Since emissions-reduction policies are nationally determined, countries have more wiggle room than you might guess.

“That flexibility, I think, encourages countries that might be a little more reluctant to join in and do what they can,” Dr. Selin says.

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