The world just took another huge step forward on fighting climate change

October 15, 2016 6:51 AM

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Last week, we learned that the Paris climate agreement will go into effect in November after the European Union formally joined the accord, tipping it past the threshold needed to become a reality.

Now this week brings another major foray in international climate diplomacy, as more than 140 countries adopted an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are super-polluting, powerful greenhouse gases.

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