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Friends of the Earth: Deal falls short of 'soaring rhetoric'

The Friends of the Earth chief executive has warned the deal fell far short of the "soaring rhetoric" from 150 world leaders who attended the opening day of the talks.

An ambition to keep global temperature rises below 1.5C is all very well, but we still don't have an adequate global plan to make this a reality. This agreement leaves millions of people across the world under threat from climate-related floods, droughts and super-storms.

However, this is still a historic moment. This summit clearly shows that fossil fuels have had their day - and that George Osborne's outdated, backward energy policies must be reversed if he wants to be on the right side of history.

– Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett

Tears and smiles as climate change deal is agreed in Paris

There are tears and smiles as the climate change deal was agreed in Paris, ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha reports.

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IMF chief: Climate change accord 'critical step forward'

IMF chief: Climate change accord 'critical step forward'. Credit: PA

The International Monetary Fund chief has hailed the landmark agreement reached in Paris "a critical step forward" for addressing global climate change in the 21st century and said her key message is to "price carbon right."

Governments must now put words into actions, in particular by implementing policies that make effective progress on the mitigation pledges they have made.

Charging for the emissions of fossil fuels puts in place the needed incentives for low-carbon investments; it also provides revenues to safeguard the poor, reduce debt, and lower the burden of other taxes on households and businesses.

– International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde

Almost 200 countries agree Paris climate change deal

Almost 200 countries have agreed to the terms of a new international deal to tackle climate change following United Nations talks in Paris.

The conference broke out into applause as French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius banged down his gavel, signalling almost 200 countries had formally signed up to the agreement, aimed at slowing the pace of global warming.

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Labour: Climate deal is historic moment to be celebrated

Labour's shadow energy and climate change secretary has welcomed the Paris climate deal, calling it an "historic moment to be celebrated".

Lisa Nandy welcomed the deal Credit: PA

Lisa Nandy said there was still "a huge amount of work" to ensure it is delivered upon.

For the first time ever the nations of the world have come together to agree that every single one of them will act to cut carbon pollution.

In the coming months and years we have a huge amount of work to do to deliver on the promises made in Paris, but this deal will take us much, much closer to climate safety. We now have a common goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5 degrees and an international plan of action.

That matters, and it makes this a historic moment to be celebrated.

– Lisa Nandy MP, shadow energy and climate change secretary

Greenpeace welcome climate deal and urge action

Campaigners at Greenpeace have welcomed a new UN deal on climate change, saying it was a good first step.

Greenpeace protesters outside the Paris summit Credit: Reuters

Charity chiefs also urged Prime Minister David Cameron to ensure action is taken to help meet the terms of the deal - and turn his back on the fossil fuel industry.

The glass is half full not half empty, but who is paying for the next round is the key question.

Will it be the fossil fuel industry that now has to be phased out or people across the globe who will ultimately pick up the tab if there is lack of action following the successful climate talks?

The recent floods in Cumbria have shown the answer has consequences for Britain. Now it's David Cameron's turn to decide whose side is he on - the old polluters who caused the problem or the new renewable technologies that have just been given a shot in the arm.

– John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director
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