by Larry Smith
Prime Minister Perry Christie says climate change “threatens the existence of the Bahamas as we know it”. So what does the recent Paris agreement to tackle climate issues mean for the Bahamas - and the rest of the world?
In case you didn’t know, almost 200 countries spent two weeks at the end of last year crafting the world’s first universal agreement - one that signals the end of the fossil fuel era.
The goal is to peak greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” in order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Christie was among those in Paris pushing for more - arguing that warming should be kept below 1.5 degrees. "The Bahamas and other small developing island states are seeing…life-threatening impacts, and the science tells us we can only expect more over time,” he said.