Nations Reach Landmark Deal To Fight Planet-Warming Refrigerant

"KIGALI, Rwanda — Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

The talks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, did not draw the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged in Paris last year. But the outcome could have an equal or even greater impact on efforts to slow the heating of the planet.

President Obama called the deal 'an ambitious and far-reaching solution to this looming crisis.'"

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times October 17, 2016.


"U.S. Companies Brace For Climate-Friendly Alternatives In Cooling Systems" (Reuters)

"Benefits Of Greenhouse Gas Pact May Fall Short Of High Hopes" (Reuters)

"How the Chemical Industry Joined the Fight Against Climate Change" (New York Times)

"Climate Change: Global Deal Reached To Limit Use Of Hydrofluorocarbons" (Guardian)

"Nearly 200 Nations Pass 'Gigantic' HFC Greenhouse Gas Agreement" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Countries Reach Deal To Limit Hydrofluorocarbon Emissions" (NPR)

"The World Just Took Another Huge Step Forward On Fighting Climate Change" (Washington Post)

"Climate Change: 'Monumental' Deal To Cut HFCs, Fastest Growing Greenhouse Gases" (BBC News)

Source: NY Times, 10/17/2016