China ratifies Paris climate pact, US tipped to follow

Smoke belches from a coal-fired power station near Datong, in China's northern Shanxi provinceChina ratified the Paris climate change accord on Saturday, with the US expected to do so later in a joint stand against global warming by the world’s two biggest polluters. It will come into effect 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have ratified it. China is responsible for around a quarter of the world’s emissions, with the US in second place on more than 15 percent, so their participation is crucial.

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