After years of talk, 195 countries have sealed the deal on the Paris Agreement on climate change, and have promised to keep global warming to well below two degrees Celsius, but as we continue smash global heat records, this agreement is just the first step on a very long road.

Now the hard work really begins. Australia already risks signing a treaty with which we cannot comply. Our nation has the highest per capita emissions of any country in the OECD, and emissions are on the rise for the first time in a decade. The Turnbull Government has set a…