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    China Ratifies Paris Climate Deal

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    Chinese parliament ratified on Saturday the Paris agreement on climate change, local media reported.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — In August Chinese media reported that the deal could be ratified ahead of the G20 summit in Chinese city of Hangzhou scheduled for September 4-5.

    China's National People's Congress (NPC) voted to review and to ratify the deal, the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.

    According to the news service, the decision was made at the closing meeting of the bimonthly session of NPC's Standing Committee.

    In December 2015, the international community signed the Paris deal aiming to limit global average temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by reducing emissions. The agreement will be open for signature until April 21, 2017. It will enter into force when ratified by at least 55 of the 196 signatory states, accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions.

    China, along with the United States, are considered to be the two nations responsible for the greatest amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the world.

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