Nearly 200 nations have agreed a binding deal to cut greenhouse gases used in refridgerators and air conditioners. Paul Chapman reports.
The announcement of a deal hammered out by nearly 200 nations to cut greenhouse gases was greeted with applause in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. It's the result of an all-night round of last-ditch negotiations to slash the gases used in refridgerators and air conditioners. Their greenhouse effect can be 10,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. U.S. officials at the gathering say it'll make a huge difference. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GINA MCCARTHY, U.S ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR SAYING: "We're going to achieve somewhere in the order of 80 to 90 per cent of the emission reductions from these chemicals. It's staggering what this will achieve. We're talking about an amount that's comparable to thousands of coal-fired power plant emissions." The deal is legally-binding. It means developed nations including the U.S. and much of Europe will commit to cutting the gases by stages, reaching an 85 per cent drop by 2036. Two other groups of countries will freeze their use of the gases by either 2024 or 2028, followed by gradual reduction.