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Paris Climate Deal Seen Taking Effect Two Years Ahead of Plan

  • Agreement will take effect when ratified by 55 nations
  • `We will have a Paris agreement in effect by 2018': Figueres

The global climate change agreement brokered in Paris in December by 195 nations will come into effect two years earlier than originally planned, the top United Nations climate diplomat predicted.

“You heard it here first: I think that we will have a Paris Agreement in effect by 2018,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said during a question-and-answer session after delivering a lecture Monday at Imperial College London.