John Kerry, US Secretary of State, who took part in meetings in the capital city Kigali, said the deal was a “monumental step forward.” More than 100 developing countries, including China, will start taking action by 2024.
A small group of countries including India, Pakistan and some Gulf states, pushed for and secured an even later start in 2028, saying their economies need more time to grow.
Environmental groups had hoped that the deal could reduce global warming by half a degree Celsius before the end of this century.
The new agreement is “equal to stopping the entire world’s fossil fuel CO2 emissions for more than two years”, said David Doniger, a director at the Natural Resources Defence Council, an environmental advocacy group based in the United States.
A gradual process beginning in 2019 has been agreed with action by developed countries including the United States, the world’s second worst carbon dioxide emitter after China.
On our Uganda travels, we will encounter elephants, lions, birds, gorillas and chimpanzees.
We will travel on foot, by bus, in a dugout canoe, on quad bikes, rafts and even by train!
A deal has been reached by more than 150 countries to limit the use of harmful greenhouse gases in what the UN called the largest breakthrough since the Paris climate change agreement.
Delegates met in Rwanda for talks on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs – gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators that are far more potent than carbon dioxide.
My name is Charlotte – bampita Nagawa – and I am the Captain for your tour of the Pearl of Africa, where we shall be cruising at an altitude of between 6 metres above sea level.
Let me share my love of all things Ugandan with you.
They do not harm the ozone layer like chlorofluorocarbons and similar gases which were eliminated under the Montreal Protocol.