Paris cli­mate change deal be­comes in­ter­na­tional law

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The Paris Agree­ment to com­bat cli­mate change be­came in­ter­na­tional law on Fri­day — a land­mark deal about tack­ling global warm­ing amid grow­ing fears that the world is be­com­ing hot­ter even faster than sci­en­tists ex­pected.

So far, 96 coun­tries, ac­count­ing for just over two-thirds of the world’s green­house gas emis­sions, have for­mally joined the ac­cord, which seeks to limit global warm­ing to 2 de­grees Cel­sius (3.6 de­grees Fahren­heit). More coun­tries are ex­pected to come aboard in the com­ing weeks and months.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban-Ki moon com­mem­o­rated the event, talk­ing with civil society groups at U.N. head­quar­ters to hear their con­cerns and vi­sions for the fu­ture.

“To­day we make his­tory in hu­mankind’s ef­forts to com­bat cli­mate change,” Ban said.

He praised the civil groups for mo­bi­liz­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple to back fight­ing cli­mate change.

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