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World climate accord hailed as turning point from fossil fuels

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 01:30

An emotional French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presents a landmark global climate accord, calling it a ''historic'' measure for turning the tide on global warming. Pavithra George reports.

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After weeks of negotiations diplomats in France unveil a landmark deal to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. If adopted the accord will aim to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degess Celsius - the level scientists say is needed to avert the worst effects of global warming including severe droughts and rising sea levels. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called it a "balanced and legally binding" agreement - his voice shaking as he remembered those who were not present to see the results of years of hard work. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CLIMATE CONFERENCE PRESIDENT, LAURENT FABIUS, SAYING: "I have a special thought for all those -- ministers, negotiators, activists -- who would have wanted to be here for this likely historic occasion, but who acted and fought without being able to see this day." The draft now awaits a vote from the delegates representing almost 200 countries who are gathered in France. Watching closely are these demonstrators in Paris who are hoping the deal is adopted. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAUREN, DEMONSTRATOR FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, SAYING: "We will die if we don't end climate change. I haven't come here for action, I've come here to pray. That's all that's left now, is prayer. So I'm here to pray, to meditate, to be here for the planet and for the people who have no voices, for the animals that have no voices." A prayer for a deal that if finalized would bring both rich and poor nations together, for the first time in over two decades, in the fight against global warming.

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World climate accord hailed as turning point from fossil fuels

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 01:30