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WDDE: Local perspective on Paris climate summit

Last weekend in Paris, delegates from 195 nations came together and pledged to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. They decided on an ambitious goal - limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Reaching such a goal could go a long way toward making progress on mitigating some consequences of climate change, such as sea level rise, extreme heat and drought. University of Delaware professor of energy and climate policy John Byrne was among the experts who attended the climate summit. This week, he discussed his experience in Paris and this new agreement with Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen.