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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Philippines senate unanimously votes to ratify Paris climate deal

Philippines senate unanimously votes to ratify Paris climate deal

The senate of the Philippines – one of the world’s most vulnerable nations to extreme weather – has voted unanimously to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

On Tuesday, the 22 upper house members unanimously passed a resolution agreeing to enter into the accord.

The Philippines’ populist president Rodrigo Duterte has vacillated on the agreement, last year saying his government would not honour it and describing curbs on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions as “nonsense”.

His cabinet – and former US secretary of state John Kerry – reportedly convinced him to back the pact, which calls on countries to make voluntary commitments to limit their emissions.

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