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June 16, 2016
France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal
Paris (AFP) June 15, 2016
President Francois Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so. "Signing is good, ratifying is better," Hollande quipped at the Elysee Palace ceremony, flanked by Environment Minister Segolene Royal, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and other top officials. He noted that the deal will not come into force unless at least 55 countries responsible for at least 55 percent of global greenh ... read more

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EU states to be asked to ratify climate deal in June
EU member states will be asked collectively to ratify the landmark Paris agreement to fight climate change within two weeks, French environment minister Segolene Royal said Thursday. ... more
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UN to Trump: Climate deal is critical to saving planet
The United Nations on Friday hit back at Donald Trump after he vowed to scrap the Paris climate deal if elected US president, saying the agreement was critical to saving the planet. ... more
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UN climate talks flesh out landmark Paris pact
Climate diplomats wrapped up technical talks Thursday saying they were on the right track but still far from delivering on the promise of the historic pact forged in December. ... more
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Trump casts shadow over UN climate talks
The talks in Germany to flesh out December's historic global climate deal are probably not at the top of Donald Trump's agenda this week. ... more
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Climate Feedback site allows scientists to correct media errors
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Ocean bacteria are programmed to alter climate gases
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Paris climate agreement cannot be met without farming emissions cuts
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Water crisis hits Sierra Leone capital
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32 million face hunger in drought-hit southern Africa: UN
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Top court orders disaster fund for drought-hit India
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