UN climate chief hails US power plant plan

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations’ top climate change official is hailing a planned new U.S. regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into action.

The Obama administration plans to announce the rule Monday, tapping the president’s executive powers to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said in a statement Sunday the decision “will send a good signal to nations everywhere that one of the world’s biggest emitters is taking the future of the planet and its people seriously.” She said it’s also a hopeful sign for negotiations to secure a new global climate agreement next year.

Figueres says: “I fully expect action by the United States to spur others in taking concrete action.”

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