Global Warming Update: Nations Have Agreed To Reduce The Use Of HFCs, Help Fight Climate Change

First Posted: Oct 18, 2016 05:30 AM EDT

The horror of global warming is warning the Earth every day. More and more signs can be felt. The number of extinct animals is increasing, melting of ice shelves, and rising of water temperatures in the oceans are just some of the effects of climate change. After all these, the news has finally caught the attention of nearly 200 nations all over the world. 

Members of the Montreal Protocol, that includes 170 nations, agreed on a deal to reduce emissions of powerful greenhouse gasses to help the reduction of climate change, during a summit last Saturday it Kigali, Rwanda. The landmark deal states that the use of HFCs or hydrofluorocarbons must be reduced. As it is one of the world's fastest source of greenhouse gasses, according to the United Nation Environment Program. Hydrofluorocarbons are commonly found in refrigeration and air conditioning and emit greenhouse gasses.

As reported by CNN, the UN agency said in a statement, the deal that agrees to the reduction in HCFs could prevent global warming by 0.5 degrees Celsius at the end of the century. It would be one of the biggest contributions to help stop the substances that deplete the ozone layer.

Several high-profile leaders were present in the meeting that includes the US secretary of State, John Kerry. He shared that if together the countries will take one step against climate change, it will make a huge difference. It is not often that people can get a chance to have a 0.5-degree centigrade reduction. Each country doing different thing at different times, but getting the job done is a big help in the fight against global warming, according to New York Times

Meanwhile, the European Union also welcomed the deal. EU commissioner for climate action and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said that deal would be a huge win for the climate and it could be the first step in delivering the promise that was agreed on Paris last December to counter the climate change. President Barrack Obama is also gladly extending his support to the deal. The United States President stated that "today's agreement caps off a critical 10 days in our global efforts to combat climate change. Together, these steps show that, while diplomacy is never easy, we can work together to leave our children a planet that is safer, more prosperous, more secure and freer than the one that was left for us."

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