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Nations strike major climate change deal

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>> The amendment and decisions are adopted.>>
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>> A major milestone in the fight against climate change, nearly 200 nations striking a deal to phase out green house gases. Negotiators celebrating at the announcement in Rwanda shortly after sunrise, Saturday. The legally binding agreement seeks a timetable for countries to cut down on hydrofluorocarbons, potent gases used in fridges and e-conditioning units.
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>> It's a historic agreement. It will achieve a great deal. It will keep our kids' future safe and it's gonna protect public health.>> Under the pact, richer nations including the UAE, same with much of Europe will reduce the use incrementally, starting with a 10% cut by 2019.
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Developing nations, such as China and India, have more time to comply with a deadline of either 2024 or 2028 to freeze the use of the gas. Scientists say the deal could cut global warming by a half degree Celsius by the end of the century.