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    Belgium officially ratifies the Paris Climate Change Agreement

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    Belgium has officially ratified the international agreement to combat global warming, adopted on 12 December 2015 at the COP21 in Paris. The country has become the 142nd state to ratify the agreement, it said Friday on the site of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The agreement will apply to Belgium from 6 May 2017. More than 50 States have yet to formally ratify it. The Paris Agreement came into force on November 4, 2016, 30 days after it was ratified by at least 55 signatories, representing at least 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    The COP21 text aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the rise in global average temperatures to “well below” 2° C, or even 1.5 ° C, relative to pre-industrial levels.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times