The biggest change to come out of COP24 is the establishment of a “rule book” that participating nations will use to report their greenhouse gas emissions and funding efforts. Additionally, the rules will allow countries to monitor the carbon reduction efforts of other governments. The U.S. expressed some pleasure over the new agreement, believing it will force other countries to be held more accountable for their carbon emissions.
Nothing from the two week-long summit is binding. The lack of any major breakthroughs attracted criticism. “In the climate emergency we’re in, slow success is no success,” Durwood Zaelke, the president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, stated.
Interior Secretary Zinke calls for better forest management
"The 2018 wildfire season in California is estimated to have released emissions equivalent to roughly 68 million tons of carbon dioxide. This number equates to about 15 percent of all California emissions, and it is on par with the annual emissions produced by generating enough electricity to power the entire state for a year."