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    As Coastal Waters Rise, China and U.S. Agree to Climate Pact

    It’s a high-water mark. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Barack Obama can agree on one thing: The Paris Agreement on climate change, which both leaders said they’d ratify Saturday ahead of the G-20 Summit that started in Hangzhou today. Being the globe’s worst polluters, their assent should induce other nations to follow suit, allowing the agreement — structured to avoid a skeptical Congress’ involvement — to take effect this year. And with water rising into coastal communities — even when it’s sunny — the timing will be auspicious.

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