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Obama, Xi Ratify Major Climate Deal

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Cooperation is "the single best chance that we have" to save the planet, President Obama said Saturday as he stood with China's President Xi Jinping to formally enter their two nations into last year's Paris climate change agreement, reported Newser.

At a ceremony on the sidelines of a global economic summit, Obama and Xi—representing the world's two biggest carbon emitters—delivered documents to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the AP reports. The papers certified the US and China has taken the necessary steps to join the Paris accord that set nation-by-nation targets for cutting carbon emissions.

"This is not a fight that any one country, no matter how powerful, can take alone," Obama said of the pact. "Some day we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet." Xi, speaking through a translator, said he hoped the announcement would spur more countries to take action. "Our response to climate change bears on the future of our people and the wellbeing of mankind," he said. The announcement means the accord could take force by the end of the year, a faster than anticipated timeline. The ceremony occurred shortly after Obama arrived in the scenic Chinese city of Hangzhou for the annual G20 summit of industrialized and emerging economies.

At the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
The agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification. Now, after USA and China stepping in the agreement, it could work.

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