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After Climate Agreement, What Comes Next?

Countries and businesses are grappling with what the new climate deal – finalized during the U.N. conference in Paris on Saturday – means for them.

The deal requires all countries to set emissions targets and aim to prevent global temperatures from rising two degrees Celsius, but it does not have legally binding emissions targets, which makes it hard to enforce.

Derek Thompson, of The Atlantic, speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about the deal and how it will be carried out.

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(L-R) French Ambassador for the international Climate Negotiations Responsible for COP21 Laurence Tubiana, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres and Foreign Affairs Minister and President-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius gesture after adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12, 2015. Envoys from 195 nations on December 12 adopted to cheers and tears a historic accord to stop global warming, which threatens humanity with rising seas and worsening droughts, floods and storms. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)
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(L-R) French Ambassador for the international Climate Negotiations Responsible for COP21 Laurence Tubiana, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres and Foreign Affairs Minister and President-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius gesture after adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12, 2015. Envoys from 195 nations on December 12 adopted to cheers and tears a historic accord to stop global warming, which threatens humanity with rising seas and worsening droughts, floods and storms. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)