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Climate conference president Salaheddine Mezouar and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, right, stand next to a globe during the opening session of the Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

The Paris climate deal took effect and now the world is figuring out how to make it work


The Paris Agreement took effect on Friday, almost a year after it was originally created. Its goal is simple: Keep global temperatures from rising no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). Experts say anything more could be catastrophic.

Now for the hard part: How do we do it? Representatives of the signatory nations are meeting in Morocco starting Monday. And we're not exactly off to a good start: The UN Environmental Programme reported emissions estimates make it very likely it's already too late to avoid that 3.6 degrees rise.

The wealthiest countries live as if there were three planets.
Segolene Royal, France's environment minister

The meetings in Morocco have been marked by a focus on inequality. Richer countries have the highest emissions, while the resulting climate change is turning fertile African land into deserts in poorer nations, the Associated Press reports.

Decisions made in the next few years will largely determine if we're able to achieve the 1.5 C warming threshold agreed in Paris.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF International

So far, 100 countries have formally joined the agreement adopted last year in Paris, including top polluters China, the United States, the European Union and India.

Donald Trump has said he would "cancel" the deal if he wins the election on Tuesday.

Trump has denied climate change repeatedly.

Environmental groups like the Sierra Club are backing Hillary Clinton.

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