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STATE DEPARTMENT

As Americans vote, Kerry heads to South Pole

John Kerry will travel to Antarctica next week in what the State Department says will be the first South Pole trip by a secretary of State.

Leaving as Americans go to the polls to vote for the next president, Kerry will arrive in Antarctica on Nov. 10 to meet with climate scientists at McMurdo Station, the largest research station of the U.S. Antarctic Program. He also will visit surrounding areas on Ross Island and the U.S. government's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

PARIS AGREEMENT

Deal takes force under cloud of U.S. election

The landmark Paris Agreement enters into force today as U.S. voters prepare to choose between a candidate who supports the climate deal and one who has said he would cancel it.

The agreement reached by nearly 200 countries outside the French capital last December has taken effect more than three years before its framers expected it to, after nations rushed to submit their ratification documents in just 10 months.

UNITED NATIONS

World on dangerous emissions path as Paris accord goes live

The U.N. Environment Programme dumped a bucket of cold water this morning on nations riding high from the Paris climate change accord's taking effect this week.

In a new report, UNEP found that even if every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement keeps its promise, the world will still fall 12 to 14 gigatons short each year of keeping temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels.

POLITICS

High stakes for the Arctic await Trump or Clinton

The fate of the Arctic quietly hangs in the balance as Americans go to the polls to decide on the next president.

In an election where the moderators of three presidential debates failed to ask even a single question about climate change, the Arctic is all but forgotten. However, the region is experiencing such a profound and relatively quick transformation due to global warming that it could become a more pressing concern for the next president, experts say.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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