UN Climate Change Talks Reach Agreement to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Alex Pashley

Published by VICE News Dec 14

Sleep-deprived negotiators from nearly 200 nations agreed early Sunday morning on the framework for an international climate change pact, salvaging UN talks which went 30 hours into overtime and at moments seemed on the precipice of collapse.

Under the deal, governments will unveil national plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions by next March, as part an agreement to be signed in Paris at the end of 2015.

Diplomats left Lima on a “fresh wave of positivity towards Paris with a range of key decisions agreed and action-agendas launched,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN’s climate change organization.

But critics said the the outcome was weak and woefully inadequate in averting a two degrees Celsius rise in temperature compared to the pre-Industrial Age — a level of warming that many scientists say could bring about dangerous levels of sea-level rise and more frequent…

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