Na­tions near land­mark pact on cli­mate change

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetan Chauhan chetan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PARIS: A land­mark cli­mate agree­ment aimed at slow­ing down global warm­ing ap­peared poised for ap­proval Satur­day with key play­ers like In­dia, US and China ap­prov­ing the fi­nal draft of a “his­toric” mea­sure to save the planet from a catas­tro­phe.

When passed, the Paris agree­ment will legally bind the world in keep­ing the planet’s warm­ing “well be­low” two de­gree Cel­sius with an en­deav­our to limit it to 1.5 de­grees, the level sci­en­tists say is needed to avert the worst

ef­fects of global warm­ing. The pact also com­mits $100 bil­lion a year from 2020 to help de­vel­op­ing coun­tries cope with the prob­lem. It will make it bind­ing for na­tions to

open their books ev­ery five years for scru­tiny on their con­tri­bu­tion to cut green­house gas emis­sions.

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