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India will jump on the bandwagon for global climate action.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will ratify the Paris Agreement on Oct. 2.  This inches the deal closer to enforcement, which requires 55 countries producing 55 percent of worldwide emissions to sign on.

India is the fourth largest emitter of GHGs in the world, behind the United States, China, and the entire European Union. India’s ratification brings the climate agreement within spitting distance of the required totals.

If the Paris deal comes into effect before November’s talks in Marrakesh, countries will be able to turn their focus to raising the $100 billion per year needed for adaption to climate change and programs to cut emissions — rather than pushing each other to sign on the dotted line.