The landmark Paris agreement on climate change will enter into force on November 4, after a coalition of the world's largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas pushed it past a key threshold on Wednesday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the agreement's strong international support a "testament for the urgency of action."
The deal takes effect 30 days after 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions, have adopted it. Sixty-two countries had done so as of Tuesday but they accounted only for about 52 percent of emissions.
Wednesday afternoon 73 of the 197 parties to the treaty, accounting for 56.87 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, have deposited their instruments of ratification.
First the US and China joined the agreement. Then Brazil. Then India. And now Europe is getting onboard.
"It's clearly a momentous moment in terms of global action on climate change," said David Waskow, international climate director at World Resources Institute. "This has been much more rapid than anticipated and demonstrates political support for the agreement."
Which means that for the first time in history, our leaders have the framework to reduce emissions and tackle rising temperatures planet-wide. Now it’s up to us to make sure they live up to their commitments and take action.
5 Historic Climate Deals
- Deal to limit global warming to "well below" 2C, aiming for 1.5C
-Greenhouse gas emissions need to peak "as soon as possible", followed by rapid reduction
-Deal will eliminate use of coal, oil and gas for energy
-Fossil fuels to be replaced by solar, wind power • Developed countries to provide $US100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations
Albania, through the parliament, ratified on July 14, 2016 the Paris Agreement on climate change as 87 MP's voted pro, respecting the momentum and importance of this historic and ambitious agreement.
Albania’s contribution to the global greenhouse gas emissions is about four to five times lower than average international levels, with an estimated average of 9,4 million ton/year of CO2, our country has several obligation as part of the Paris Agreement.
According to the latest data, provided by the Ministry of Environment for agroweb.org, energy and transportation followed by agriculture and waste sector are the main categories that are found to have significant contribution to the total greenhouse gas emissions for Albania; each with a respective share of energy-transports (57.29%), followed by agriculture (16.85%), land use and forestry (8.88 %) and waste (2.31%). As seen by the data, the biggest contribution is energy-transport.
If Albania will follow through to the pledge on climate change, this is the sector with the greatest focus./AgroWeb.org