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Inaccurate emissions data could derail Paris deal, scientists say

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The Paris agreement on climate change is under threat following the revelation that greenhouse gases emitted by many of its signatories could be far greater than stated.

A BBC investigation into greenhouse gas emissions has cast doubt on record-keeping—a core tenet of the Paris accord, which requires its 195 signatories to declare their emissions every two years.

The findings of the investigation, published on 8 August, come just days after president Donald Trump’s administration wrote to the UN to declare the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

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