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Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in New York
Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

USA and China pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year

 

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China and the United States, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday to formally adopt by the end of the year a Paris deal to slow global warming, raising the prospects of it being enforced much faster than anticipated.

The United Nations said 175 states took the first step of signing the deal on Friday, the biggest day one endorsement of a global agreement. Of those, 15 states also formally notified the United Nations that they had ratified the deal.

Many countries still need a parliamentary vote to formally approve the agreement, which was reached in December. The deal will enter into force only when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

China and the United States together account for 38 percent of global emissions.

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieves supplies dropped by parachute in the Arctic Ocean

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies in the Arctic Ocean in this July 12, 2011 NASA handout photo. Kathryn Hansen/NASA via REUTERS/File Photo

“China will finalize domestic legal procedures on its accession before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year,” China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told the U.N. signing ceremony, attended by some 55 heads of state and government.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who signed the deal with his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabelle on his lap, said the United States “looks forward to formally joining this agreement this year.” President Barack Obama will formally adopt the agreement through executive authority.

The deal commits countries to restraining the global rise in temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. But even if the pact is fully implemented, promised greenhouse gas cuts are insufficient to limit warming to an agreed maximum, the United Nations says.

The first three months of 2016 have broken temperature records and 2015 was the planet’s warmest year since records began in the 19th century, with heat waves, droughts and rising sea levels.

“The era of consumption without consequences is over,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. “We must intensify efforts to decarbonize our economies. And we must support developing countries in making this transition.”

‘REASON FOR HOPE’

Many developing nations are pushing to ensure the climate deal comes into force this year, partly to lock in the United States if a Republican opponent of the pact is elected in November to succeed Obama, a Democrat.

Once the accord enters into force, a little-noted Article 28 of the agreement says any nation wanting to withdraw must wait four years, the length of a U.S. presidential term.

The deal also requires rich nations to maintain a $100 billion a year funding pledge beyond 2020, providing greater financial security to developing nations to build their defenses to extreme weather and wean themselves away from coal-fired power.

“We need to mobilize the necessary financial resources,” French President Francois Hollande said. “We need to ensure that our words become actions.”

The U.N.’s previous climate deal, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol entered into force only in 2005. Kyoto dictated cuts in greenhouse gas emissions only for developed nations, unlike the Paris Agreement which involves both rich and poor but lets all countries set national targets.

The previous first-day record for signatures for a global agreement was set in 1982 when 119 states signed the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“More countries have come together here to sign this agreement today than for any other cause in the history of human kind and that is a reason for hope,” actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace on climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio told the event, taking place on Earth Day.

“But unfortunately the evidence shows us that it will not be enough. Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton, Louis Charbonneau, and Luciana Lopez; Editing by David Gregorio and Frances Kerry)

China is the world’s top executioner, but it doesn’t want you to know that

18-year-old Huugjilt was executed for a crime Zhao Zhihong (center) later confessed to.

China is the world’s top executioner, but it doesn’t want you to know that By James Griffiths, CNN Hong Kong (CNN)The world’s most prolific executioner killed “thousands” of people last year, human rights group Amnesty International estimates. In its most … read more

U.S. Urges China to Agree to Tougher Sanctions on North Korea

U.S. Urges China to Agree to Tougher Sanctions on North Korea

#US. Urges #China to Agree to Tougher Sanctions on #NorthKorea- China must show leadership in international efforts to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by agreeing to tougher sanctions against its neighbor, a top American diplomat said here on Wednesday … read more

USA, China navies officers encouraged by use of rules for ship meetings

John Richardson in Tokyo October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool

The top officers in the #USA. and #China navies on Tuesday lauded progress in U.S.-China naval ties and said they were encouraged by the increased use of protocols for unplanned ship encounters at sea, a U.S. Navy official said. U.S. … read more

Russia and China Challenge US Naval Supremacy

Russia and China have achieved remarkable success in their efforts to develop advanced navies, which presents a challenge to America's naval supremacy at a time when the US Navy is trying to adapt to the changing security environment, US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said.

Russia and China have achieved remarkable success in their efforts to develop advanced navies, which presents a challenge to America’s naval supremacy at a time when the US Navy is trying to adapt to the changing security environment, US Chief … read more

Garlic is Being Imported From China, Filled With Bleach And Chemicals.

Garlic is Being Imported From China, Filled With Bleach And Chemicals.

Undoubtedly, many of you are not even aware that the garlic we everyday buy at the nearest grocery store or receive in your meal in a restaurant may actually originate from China. According to newest report, USA imported almost one- … read more

Armed Chinese coastguard ship seen near disputed islands: Japan

China Coast Guard vessel No. 31239 sails in the East China Sea near the disputed isles known as Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in this handout photo taken and released by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard December 22, 2015.  Mandatory Credit REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters

A Chinese coastguard ship equipped with what appeared to be four gun turrets was sighted near disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan’s coastguard said on Wednesday. Chinese coastguard vessels sail regularly near the islets, but a Japanese coastguard … read more

China’s first mind-controlled car has been developed

Researcher Zhang Zhao wearing a brain signal-reading equipment prepares to move a car with his brain wave, during a demonstration at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, November 17, 2015.     REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China’s first mind-controlled car has been developed by researchers in the north-east port city of Tianjin. Chinese researchers have developed what they say is the country’s first car that uses nothing but brain power to drive.     The research team … read more

Russia Sends Nuclear War Signals To Turkey

Russia Sends Nuclear War Signals To Turkey

With reports that a nuclear war between NATO and Russia is “likely,” Russia and Turkey have intensified their war of words after Russia’s latest revenge measures for the downing of its fighter jet. After striking Turkey and Egypt off the … read more