Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Climate Change: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Approved

European Union ratifies Paris climate change agreement (UPI)

Ratification by the EU was the last hurdle before enactment.

The European Parliament, the European Union's executive arm, ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change Tuesday, triggering global approval of the accord.

The 28-nation bloc approved the pact, the most sweeping effort to combat global pollution, at a session in Strasbourg, France. The vote indicates the threshold for ratification -- approval by at least 55 parties accounting for 55 percent of global emissions -- was reached. The EU, which seeks to be regarded as a leader in the fight against climate change, came under pressure to endorse the plan, codified in 2015, after the United States, China and India did so.