196 Countries Approve Historic Climate Agreement

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After a 13 day convening in Paris, with nearly 200 countries across the globe in attendance, world leaders have settled on an agreement that incentivizes the use of clean energy to combat climate change. The deal aims to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius or less, and calls for cooperation among wealthy and poor nations alike. The Washington Post details the agreement, what it means for global climate, and captures sentiments of political leaders who helped shape the accord:

“This is a tremendous victory for all of our citizens–not for any one country or bloc, but a victory for all of the planet, and for future generations,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said after the accord was announced. “The world has come together behind an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet: a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path.”

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