October 5, 2016 / 7:47 PM / a year ago

Obama: 'historic day' in climate battle as Paris deal ratified

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called the ratification of the Paris climate accord - a threshold nations officially reached on Wednesday - an “historic day” in the fight against climate change.

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he delivers a statement on the Paris Agreement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

“Today, the world meets the moment, and if we follow through on the commitments that this Paris agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet,” Obama told reporters in a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Chris Reese

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