Obama: Emissions agreement addresses "rapidly growing threat"

US President Barack Obama welcomes a global agreement to phase out a type of greenhouse gas used in air conditioners and refrigerators that "represents a rapidly growing threat to the health of our planet."

The agreement to limit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) marks a "significant contribution" toward a broader agreement to limit climate change and includes help for developing countries, Obama notes.

"It shows that we can take action to protect our planet in a way that helps all countries improve the lives and livelihoods of their citizens," he says.

The effort along with the implementation of the Paris agreement and a deal to limit aviation emissions "show that, while diplomacy is never easy, we can work together to leave our children a planet that is safer, more prosperous, more secure, and more free than the one that was left for us," he says.

Last update: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 16:46

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