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US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) after the US and China formally joined the Paris climate deal on September 3, 2016The United States and China on Saturday formally joined the Paris climate change agreement, with President Barack Obama hailing the accord as the “moment we finally decided to save our planet”. The move by the world’s two biggest polluters is a major step forward for the 180-nation deal, which sets ambitious goals for capping global warming and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing climate catastrophe. Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping handed ratification documents to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who said he was now optimistic the agreement will be in force by the end of this year.

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