bestdesigns/iStock/Thinkstock(KIGALI, Rwanda) – Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal to reduce hydro-fluorocarbons after an all-night negotiation sessions.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the deal as “monumental” to phase out the dangerous greenhouse gas, saying “It will give us the opportunity to reduce the warming of the planet by an entire half a degree centigrade.”
“It represents multilateral patience and diplomacy and efforts over a long period of time,” Kerry said.
Experts say HFC’s, which are used in air conditioners and refrigerators, are one of the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutants.
Implementation of the deal will begin in 2019.
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