An international environmental treaty amendment that would gradually phase out the use of greenhouse gases that warm the globe has been approved by the US Senate, which has been welcomed as a significant step toward addressing the climate catastrophe. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which commits to banning the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are frequently used in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 69-27.
The 1987 global convention known as the Montreal Protocol successfully fought for an end to the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. It has undergone numerous amendments to enact stricter environmental rules, including a push for materials that do not harm the ozone layer. In 2016, the Kigali Amendment, so named after the Rwandan city where it was finalized, was ratified. In the final weeks of his presidency, then-US President Barack Obama supported the legislation; but, his successor Donald Trump, who withdrew the US from the Paris climate deal, did not send the treaty to the Senate for confirmation.
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