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Paris Climate Change Pact to Take Effect After EU Signs Up

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Jason DeCrow—AP United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change during the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

The lawmakers voted by 610 to 38, to simultaneously ratify the agreement to limit global warming

BRUSSELS (AP) — The landmark Paris climate change pact is poised to enter into force around the world after European Union lawmakers endorsed the agreement.

In the presence of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the lawmakers voted by 610 to 38 with 31 abstentions for the 28 EU nations to simultaneously ratify the agreement to limit global warming.

The deal cannot take effect until 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of global emissions, have adopted it. Sixty-two have done so but they only accounted for about 52% of emissions.

The EU’s fast-track ratification takes the Paris Agreement past the 55% threshold. The handover to the U.N. of a legal document formally doing that is expected to happen by Friday.

On Oct. 2, India, the world’s fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally signed on to the pact. India, which accounts for about 4.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, became the 62nd country to formally join the international accord that was agreed to by negotiators from almost 200 countries at a conference in the French capital in December.

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