World Leaders Agree to ‘Historic’ Deal on Climate Change

A climate pact lauded as a “historic turning point” was passed Saturday by world leaders after two weeks of intensive talks.
The first-ever international accord, agreed to by nearly 200 nations, requires all countries to take steps to reduce emissions and help each other cope with climate change. Leaders at the summit burst into applause after it was passed.
It also aims to keep the rise in global temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times to the end of this century and “endeavor to limit” them even further, to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This is huge: Almost every country in the world just signed on to the #ParisAgreement on climate change—thanks to American leadership.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 12, 2015
Before the deal was done, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made an impassioned entreaty to world diplomats negotiating the accord.
“The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom,” he said. “The time has come to acknowledge that national interests are best served by acting in the international interest.”
“We have to do as science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us. We need all our hands on deck,” Ban added.


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