Japan Ratifies Paris Climate Pact (News)
Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)—Japan on Tuesday finished its ratification process for the Paris Agreement, which provides an international framework to tackle global warming from 2020, by submitting its instrument of acceptance to the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
The Paris deal went into effect on Friday after at least 55 countries, representing 55 pct or more of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, completed their domestic procedures as required for its effectuation.
The treaty was adopted late last year at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP21. It is aimed at limiting global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius on average from pre-Industrial Revolution levels.
Unlike its predecessor, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which mandates only advanced nations to reduce the heat-trapping gas emissions, the Paris accord requires all signatory countries, including developing nations, to make efforts for greenhouse gas reduction.
Between September and October, the United States, China and India, which are top greenhouse gas emitters, ratified the Paris deal.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]