French President François Hollande hailed it as a “decisive deal” and a beautiful revolution. After two weeks of intense talks, diplomats agreed to a climate change accord in Paris on Saturday evening. The news came just one day after the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21, concluded.
Experts have called the accord “realistic” and “ambitious,” a necessary step in protecting Earth for future generations, reports Lynne Peeples, but some advocates point to the absence of a specific timescale for phasing out fossil fuels and methods of verifying greenhouse gas emissions within the agreement. Here, some of the leading experts and advocates weigh in in the particulars of the deal.