COP21: Historic Climate Deal Agreed In Paris

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Updated December 12, 2015

climate After two weeks of negotiations, a deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C has been agreed at the climate change summit in Paris.

The deal, which is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions, is partly legally binding and partly voluntary.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius took just minutes to declare the pact adopted to the standing applause and whistles of delegates from more than 190 countries.

This comes after four years of tense U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, and endangered island states against rising economic powerhouses.

Hailed as the first truly global climate deal, committing both rich and poor nations to reining in rising emissions blamed for warming the planet, it sets out a sweeping long-term goal of eliminating net man-made greenhouse gas output this century.

It also creates a system to encourage nations to step up voluntary domestic efforts to curb emissions, and provides billions more dollars to help poor nations cope with the transition to a greener economy.

Earlier, key blocs, including the G77 group of developing countries, and nations such as China and India said they supported the proposals.

The text agreed accepts that the dangers of climate change are much greater than previously acknowledged and pledges to attempt to curb the emissions.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande called the proposals unprecedented, while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on negotiators to “finish the job”.

Calling it “ambitious and balanced”, Fabius said the accord would mark a “historic turning point” in efforts to avert the potentially disastrous consequences of an overheated planet.