Yesterday, Saturday, September 12, 2015, many hope will mark the beginning of a great change in the world and leave a mark in history books. As we all should know, yesterday was when over 190 countries, in fact all 196 (although the US State Department only recognises 194) countries agreed to the landmark UN climate deal. In short, the climate deal raises money for developing countries to have access to clean energy; gradually wanes developed countries to more clean energy; and limits the global temperature rise 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels by the year 2020. While deal was surprisingly ambitious in its goals, many still raise concerns.
One of the largest concerns with the deal, just like any other UN resolution, is how are we and other countries going to ensure that everyone else complies. All of the news and in many interviews officials give a simple answer with little meaning, that the deal is "Legally binding". While this may be true, who is going to oversee a that countries are complying? And more importantly, who is going to enforce the new standards if they don't? No country can sue another country and I don't believe anyone is willing to go to war over this, so there really isn't any way of making sure anybody follows through on their word.
Here is a link to The Guardian's report of the deal.