The following is an excerpt from AVANEESH PANDEY | September 3, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
UPDATE: 6:00 a.m. EDT — The United States has joined China in formally ratifying the Paris climate agreement. Barack Obama, who arrived in China Saturday on the first leg of his final tour of Asia as president, and Chinese President Xi Jinping have now submitted their plans to join the agreement to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“This is not a fight that any one country no matter how powerful can take alone,” Obama reportedly said during a press conference in Hangzhou. “Some day we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.”
The accord requires the participation of at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. So far, including China and the U.S., 26 countries, accounting for almost 40 percent of global emissions, have joined in.
“The signal of the two large emitters taking this step together and taking it early, far earlier than people had anticipated a year ago, should give confidence to the global communities and to other countries that are working on their climate change plans, that they too can move quickly and will be part of a global effort,” Senior Obama adviser Brian Deese told reporters.
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