195 Nations ink historic climate deal in Paris

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PARIS : First there were tears, hugs and a standing ovation that greeted approval of a historic international climate deal. Now the world's nations must focus on the nitty-gritty details to implement a complex, 31-page plan to limit the rise of global warming this century. “This agreement was part of a road through Paris, not ending in Paris,” said Rodne Galicha of the Philippine environmental coalition Aksyon Klima. “The world’s efforts cannot end here with this deal.” The Paris agreement, the culmination of four grueling years of talks, commits the 195 nations that approved it to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, through 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. It also promises to help put poor countries on a pathway to develop their economies in an environmentally friendly way. In the next few weeks, the agreement will be “deposited” at United Nations headquarters in New York, where ambassadors will be asked to sign on behalf of their countries starting in April. (USA Today)