Trucks at a repair shop in Texas Highway 114 are flooded as Lake Bridgeport continues to rise with runoff from recent rains, in Bridgeport, Texas, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram via AP)
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As many as 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday in a symbolic triumph for a deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule.That's because scientific analyses show the initial set of targets that countries pledged before Paris don't match the long-term goal of the agreement to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial times. Global average temperatures have already climbed by almost 1 degree C. Last year was the hottest on record.The U.N. says about 10 countries, most of them small island developing states, will deposit their instruments of ratification Friday and that the world body will have a better idea by the end of the day which other countries intend to ratify the agreement this year.
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