U.S. and 170 other nations sign historic climate agreement

April 22, 2016 3:46 PM

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U.S. and 170 other nations sign historic climate agreement

Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined the leaders of 170 nations Friday morning in signing an agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of a global effort to ward off potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change.

The event, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, coincided with Earth Day and marked “the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement in a single day,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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