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With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 01:15

The global climate summit in Paris announces a landmark accord, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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"With a small hammer you can achieve great things" says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who announced a landmark climate accord, Saturday. Delegates from almost 200 nations witnessed the historic decision to shift away from fossil fuels -- an end to nearly two weeks of tense negotiations. And world leaders are hailing the deal as truly global... binding both rich AND poor nations to curbing their greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at the White House, U.S. President Obama said the accord shows what is possible when the world stands as one: SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA, SAYING: "This agreement represents the best chance we've had to save the one planet that we've got." The accord aims to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius. The binding text also contains loose language which could enable countries to offset their own emissions by buying emissions credits from other nations. Some protesters say they question how these countries will be held accountable if they do not achieve their targets. But these delegates say the deal is a victory for the planet, and for future generations to enjoy it. The global climate summit in Paris announces a landmark accord, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 01:15