By Tammy Alexander
During the next two weeks, we could see an important turning point in global efforts to address the causes and effects of climate change. From November 30 through December 11, delegates from 195 countries will meet outside Paris, France, and, for the first time in more than 20 years, attempt to create a legally binding agreement to address climate change.
In the year leading up to the Paris talks, many countries have made pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal to keep the rise in the average global temperature below two degrees Celsius (above pre-industrial levels). Earlier this year, President Obama pledged to cut U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.
Wealthy countries have also made pledges ahead of the conference to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with the goal of helping lower-income communities affected by climate change. The GCF would provide…