Nearly 200 nations agree binding deal to cut greenhouse gases

October 15, 2016 10:28 AM

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Nearly 200 nations agree binding deal to cut greenhouse gases

KIGALI Nearly 200 nations have agreed a legally binding deal to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, a major step against climate change that prompted loud cheers when it was announced on Saturday.

The deal, which includes the world's two biggest economies, the United States and China, divides countries into three groups with different deadlines to reduce the use of factory-made hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, which can be 10,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as greenhouse gases.

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