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Kerry calls for HFC phaseout, says Paris alone won't 'get the job done'

NEW YORK — The United States and other countries proclaimed yesterday that an upcoming effort to amend an international ozone treaty to curb refrigerants that contribute to global warming would be a test of the post-Paris Agreement era.

Speaking in a posh Midtown hotel conference room blocks away from the United Nations, where the landmark global warming deal struck in the French capital sailed past its first ratification hurdle Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said a hydrofluorocarbon phasedown under the Montreal Protocol would be a "huge step" toward making good on the promise of Paris.


Climate leaders remain sanguine on Trump but rush to ratify

NEW YORK — The diplomats and environmentalists who gathered at U.N. headquarters here yesterday to watch the landmark Paris climate agreement edge closer to reality say a certain Manhattan real estate mogul had no hand in motivating that result.

Sixty countries have now ratified the Paris Agreement after 31 joined yesterday, putting it on track to take effect very likely later this year.


Industry backs White House crusade for HFC amendment

Scores of refrigeration and cooling companies are set to sign a White House declaration today in support of the Obama administration's yearslong quest for an international amendment phasing down climate superpollutants.

The statement notes that curtailing the production and use of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol would help the world avoid half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.


Obama in final address warns 'the bill could come due' on warming

President Obama used his final address to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday to warn that climate change would worsen the kind of unrest and inequality that has spurred a global refugee crisis.

Speaking before a high-level summit on migrants he convened at U.N. headquarters, Obama told the assembly of world leaders and foreign ministers that the problems they are seeing would only worsen in a warming world.


New U.N. climate chief eyes a 'complex situation' under Trump

NEW YORK — The woman tasked with guiding the aftermath of the Paris climate deal said yesterday that concerns abound about what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the global agreement.

In an interview with ClimateWire at the start of her first annual high-level climate change discussions here, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the GOP nominee's pledge to "cancel" the Paris deal is a major topic of discussion in global climate circles.

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



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