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The Latest: US says universe closer to pivotal idea on meridian deal

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on a U.N. signing rite for a Paris Agreement on meridian change (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says countries representing about half of a world’s tellurian emissions that minister to tellurian warming intend to join a Paris meridian agreement this year.

“I know that as of this afternoon, countries representing scarcely 50 percent of tellurian emissions are prepared to announce they will join this year,” and a U.S. is among them, Kerry said.

The U.N. says 175 countries sealed a agreement Friday. Signing is one step; rigourously fasten is a final one. The agreement enters into force once 55 countries representing during slightest 55 percent of tellurian emissions have assimilated it.

An research by a World Resources Institute has found that during slightest 25 countries representing 45 percent of tellurian emissions assimilated a agreement Friday or committed to fasten it early.

Other countries that conspicuous Friday they intend to join a agreement this year embody China, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

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4:15 p.m.

Former U.S. clamp boss and meridian romantic Al Gore says a universe began a “historic journey” with a signing of a meridian change agreement and there is now a eventuality “to equivocate a inauspicious repairs that would differently attain us.”

He conspicuous celebrations aren’t in sequence given there is most to be finished and repairs from meridian events will continue and worsen.

But Gore conspicuous there is “great wish and promise” for strengthened movement to fight meridian change, indicating to a cost of carbon-free renewable appetite stability to plunge and businesses and investors relocating really fast to financial a de-carbonization of a economy.

Gore conspicuous he is “optimistic” about a tour a universe is now embarking on.

“We have to go distant quickly,” he said. “It is a formidable tour and some doubt that we have a solve to make it successful. we do not given we do know that a will to act and a will to attain and in a box a will to tarry is itself a renewable resource.”

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3:15 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a United States “absolutely intends to join” a landmark Paris Agreement on meridian change this year.

He spoke after a U.S. assimilated 174 other countries on Friday in signing a agreement, a pivotal step toward a implementation. The subsequent step is carrying countries rigourously approve a agreement by their domestic procedures.

The Obama administration says a understanding is unchanging with existent U.S. law and doesn’t need a capitulation of a Republican-controlled Senate, where it would approaching face unbending resistance.

The administration is approaching to provide a understanding as an executive agreement, that needs usually a president’s approval.

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2:35 p.m.

China’s meridian attach� says his supervision hopes a United States will join a tellurian meridian agreement “as shortly as possible.”

Xie Zhenhua spoke to reporters after China announced it would “finalize domestic procedures” to sanction a Paris Agreement before it hosts a G-20 limit in September.

China is a world’s tip CO emitter, and a U.S. is second.

When asked because other countries should respect their meridian commitments if a U.S. doesn’t join a agreement, Xie conspicuous China is operative “for humankind” and is “very positive” about a deal’s future.

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1:55 p.m.

President Barack Obama is welcoming a signing of a meridian agreement observant he hopes it will concede “all of a children to get a cleaner, healthier, and safer planet.”

He conspicuous in a matter Friday that as a world’s second-largest source of CO emissions, a United States has a shortcoming to act.

Obama also is reminding people of his debate oath years ago to work “with anyone — opposite a aisle or on a other side of a universe — to fight this threat.”

Other countries are examination to see what Obama’s inheritor will do with a agreement, generally if it does not enter into force before he leaves office.

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1 p.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says during slightest 175 countries are signing a landmark Paris Agreement on meridian change on a initial day it is open for signatures. That series is simply a record for a tellurian agreement.

Dozens of universe leaders continue to pointer a agreement, some with personal touches. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reason his immature granddaughter, and gave her a kiss, as he signed.

Ban, who has championed movement on meridian change during his years as U.N. chief, says a day is “a really relocating day for me personally.”

He is propelling countries to announce their timelines for a subsequent step, ratifying a agreement, so it can enter into force as shortly as possible.

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12:45 p.m.

Republican presidential claimant Ted Cruz is criticizing a meridian agreement being sealed by a U.S. and 170 other countries on Friday as a Obama administration’s latest conflict on American families.

“Rather than branch courtesy and resources to genuine inhabitant confidence threats, such as radical Islamic terrorists who wish to kill us, a Obama administration is instead focused on a SUV parked in your driveway,” a regressive Texas senator conspicuous in a statement.

Cruz says a White House is “full of tellurian warming alarmists.”

Some nations have voiced regard about what will occur if a meridian understanding doesn’t enter into force before President Barack Obama leaves bureau early subsequent year — and if Cruz or Donald Trump becomes president.

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12:15 p.m.

Non-government organizations are welcoming a signing by 171 countries of a Paris Agreement on meridian change though advise that states still have a prolonged approach to go.

“We’ll reason a leaders to account. We’ll reason any other to account,” Rhea Suh, a boss of a New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council, conspicuous in a statement.

David Waskow of a World Resources Institute in Washington conspicuous he was speedy by a matter on interest of a slightest grown countries by Congo’s President Joseph Kabila, who conspicuous a countries have announced their goal to sanction a agreement as shortly as possible.

He conspicuous that indicates that movement is building toward a agreement’s early implementation.

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11:52 a.m.

Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu, that has seen 4 of a tiny islands disappear into a Pacific Ocean given 2000, says a ancestral meridian agreement has to be remade into “an general call to action” that will change a universe and a lives of destiny generations.

He conspicuous Tuvalu was not usually signing though ratifying a Paris agreement on Friday and urged all countries to make certain it enters into force during a soonest probable time to safeguard “that meridian change is not irreversible.”

Sopoaga conspicuous tiny island building countries urgently need improved entrance to financing to strengthen opposite meridian change and urged general support for an word module for Pacific island nations.

He conspicuous new studies advise that an normal of 62,000 people are replaced any day due to meridian change or weather-related disasters — “a towering figure” that “should ring alarm bells via a world.”

He called for a U.N. General Assembly fortitude to legally strengthen a rights and needs of people replaced by a impact of meridian change.

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11:02 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a signing of a meridian agreement by a record series of countries is a impulse for universe leaders to recommit to indeed win a “war” opposite CO emissions that are creation a universe hotter any year.

“The coercion of this plea is usually apropos some-more pronounced,” he said, “and this is because a entertainment currently is, in fact, historic.”

Kerry conspicuous a appetite of final December’s meridian agreement “is a summary that it sends to a marketplace.”

It is going “to unleash a private sector” to conclude a new appetite of a destiny and set a tellurian economy on a new trail to growth that preserves a environment, he said.

Kerry reiterated that a United States will rigourously join a agreement this year, and urged all other countries to join as well.

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11:00 a.m.

Leaders from 171 countries have begun signing a Paris Agreement on meridian change as a landmark understanding takes a pivotal step toward entering into force years forward of schedule.

The rite is environment a record for general diplomacy: Never have so many countries sealed an agreement on a initial accessible day. States that don’t pointer Friday have a year to do so.

Many now design a meridian agreement to enter into force prolonged before a strange deadline of 2020. Some contend it could occur this year.

“We are in a competition opposite time,” U.N. secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering. “The epoch of expenditure though consequences is over.”

French President Francois Hollande is a initial to sign, followed by a 15 countries that are also ratifying a agreement Friday.

The agreement will enter into force once 55 countries representing during slightest 55 percent of tellurian emissions have rigourously assimilated it. The United States and China, that together comment for scarcely 40 percent of tellurian emissions, have conspicuous they intend to join this year.

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10:50 a.m.

Leonardo DiCaprio is propelling universe leaders to leave hoary fuels “in a belligerent where they belong” as he tells them they are a “last best hope” for saving a universe from a catastrophic effects of tellurian warming.

The actor, who is a U.N. Messenger of Peace with a special concentration on meridian change, spoke shortly before a leaders began signing a Paris Agreement.

“We can honour any other today, though it will meant positively nothing” if we lapse to your countries and don’t take movement to exercise a deal, DiCaprio said.

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10:20 a.m.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought cheers from a entertainment by vocalization adult for building countries, observant that “they shouldn’t be punished for a problem they didn’t create.”

He says Canada will deposit $2.56 billion over subsequent 5 years to assistance such countries accommodate a goals of a meridian agreement.

Trudeau also says Canada will sanction a meridian agreement after this year.

“Climate change will exam a intelligence, a passion and a will,” he says. “But we are equal to that challenge.”

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10 a.m.

Brazil’s boss is regulating a signing rite to quickly residence a domestic predicament during home, job a bid to reject her a “grave moment” for a republic and thanking leaders who have voiced oneness with her.

President Dilma Rousseff says she has no doubt a Brazilian people “will be means to forestall any setback.” Despite a crisis, she says, “Brazil is a good nation, with a multitude that was means to better authoritarianism and build a colourful democracy.”

On climate, Rousseff says her republic will revive and reforest 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of forests and 15 million hectares of degraded pastures and boost a nation’s faith on renewable sources to 45 percent of a appetite pattern in sequence to revoke emissions, though charity any timetable.

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9:50 a.m.

China says it will “finalize domestic procedures” to sanction a landmark Paris Agreement on meridian change before a G-20 limit in China in September.

The world’s tip CO emitter has conspicuous it would sanction a agreement this year, though Friday’s proclamation of a deadline is new.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediately welcomed a pledge.

China spoke shortly before universe leaders from some-more than 170 countries began signing a agreement.

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9:35 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande says he will ask council to sanction a Paris Agreement on meridian change “by a summer of this year.”

He spoke shortly before universe leaders from some-more than 170 countries began signing a agreement. “There is no branch behind now,” he said.

The agreement will enter into force once 55 countries representing during slightest 55 percent of tellurian emissions have rigourously assimilated it. The United States and China, that together comment for scarcely 40 percent of tellurian emissions, have conspicuous they intend to join this year.

Hollande, a U.N. arch and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, who is in assign of tellurian meridian negotiations, invited leaders from all 193 U.N. member states to Friday’s event.

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9:20 a.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says during a start of a high-level U.N. rite where a record 171 countries are approaching to pointer a landmark meridian change agreement that “history is in a making.”

The U.N. arch told tellurian leaders and ministers on Friday that a universe is in “a competition opposite time,” citing record tellurian temperatures, record ice detriment and record CO levels in a atmosphere.

“The epoch of expenditure though consequences is over,” Ban said. “We contingency feature efforts to decarbonize a economies.”

Ban, who removed that meridian change has been his tip priority given he became secretary-general over 9 years ago, urged all countries to sanction a agreement so it can come into force as early as possible.

The agreement will enter into force once 55 countries representing during slightest 55 percent of tellurian emissions have rigourously assimilated it.

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00:02 a.m.

Up to 170 countries are approaching to pointer a Paris Agreement on meridian change Friday as a landmark understanding moves closer to entering into force years forward of schedule.

Secretary of State John Kerry is fasten dozens of universe leaders for a U.N. rite that should set a record for general diplomacy: Never have so many countries sealed an agreement on a initial accessible day.

States that don’t pointer Friday have a year to do so.

Many design a meridian agreement to enter into force prolonged before a strange deadline of 2020. Some contend it could occur this year.

After signing, countries contingency rigourously approve a agreement by their domestic procedures. The United Nations says during slightest 13 countries could take that step Friday by depositing their instruments of ratification.

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