Paris cli­mate agree­ment to take ef­fect on Nov. 4

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A land­mark agree­ment on cli­mate change will en­ter into force on Nov. 4, backed by a coali­tion of the world’s largest pol­luters and small is­land na­tions threat­ened by ris­ing seas.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said the EU, Canada and Nepal were all ex­pected to de­posit their in­stru­ments of rat­i­fi­ca­tion over the course of the day Wed­nes­day, edg­ing the per­cent­age of emis­sions by rat­i­fy­ing coun­tries past the 55 per­cent thresh­old needed for the treaty to take ef­fect.

“I am de­lighted to an­nounce that to­day the Paris Agree­ment will cross the sec­ond and fi­nal thresh­old needed for en­try into force, and will en­ter into force on 4 Novem­ber 2016,” Sec­re­tary Ban Ki-moon said in a state­ment is­sued from Europe.

The deal takes ef­fect 30 days af­ter 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 only for about 52 per­cent.

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