KIGALI, Rwanda — Environmental groups early Saturday said nations have reached a deal to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide as part of efforts to fight climate change.
At issue are hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are used in air conditioners and refrigerators and have been described as the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutants. Observers said the agreement, set to be announced shortly, would cap the use of HFCs beginning in 2019, led by developed countries including the United States, the world’s second worst polluter.
More than 100 developing countries including China, the world’s top carbon emitter, would start taking action in 2024.
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