>> Today is a historic day in the fight to protect our planet for future generations.>> World leaders hailing an agreement to combat climate change, now set to enter force after receiving enough support to make it valid. The deal to reduce pollution was agreed in Paris last year.
But it needed the backing of countries representing more than 50% of world greenhouse gas emissions. That finally came on Wednesday, far quicker than the eight years it took for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to receive enough backing. The deal will enter force on November 4th, just four days before the US presidential election.
>> If we follow through on the commitments that this Paris agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet.>> Much now hangs on US voters. Hillary Clinton backs the deal, while Republican rival, Donald Trump, is firmly opposed. Some other Republicans calling it disastrous for the American economy.
But island nations like the Maldives don't need any convincing. With waters rising, the country's Environment Minister calls climate change, a race against time.