Cli­mate pact set to clear hur­dle af­ter EU green light

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BRUS­SELS — The land­mark Paris cli­mate change pact is poised to en­ter into force around the world af­ter Euro­pean Union law­mak­ers en­dorsed the agree­ment.

In the pres­ence of U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon, the law­mak­ers voted Tues­day 610-38 with 31 ab­sten­tions for the 28 EU na­tions to si­mul­ta­ne­ously rat­ify the agree­ment to limit global warm­ing.

The deal can­not take ef­fect un­til 55 coun­tries, ac­count­ing for at least 55 per­cent of global emis­sions, have adopted it. Sixty-two coun­tries had done so as of Tues­day, but they ac­counted for only about 52 per­cent of emis­sions. The EU’s fast-track rat­i­fi­ca­tion takes the Paris Agree­ment past the 55 per­cent thresh­old. The han­dover to the U.N. of a le­gal doc­u­ment for­mally do­ing that is ex­pected to hap­pen by Fri­day.

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