Almost 200 countries agree climate deal 'to keep temperature rise below 2C'

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

Cheers and applause broke out as the agreement - which includes a pledge to keep temperature rises "well below" 2C - was officially passed.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the deal had "secured our planet for many, many generations to come."

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Emotional scenes at climate talks as nations agree deal

There were emotional scenes at the Paris climate talks as nearly 200 nations finally agreed a deal to attempt to keep temperature rises "well below" 2C.

That excitement was understandable given the historic deal has been 20 years in the making:

Video report by ITV News science correspondent Alok Jha.


Obama welcomes Paris climate agreement

The US president has welcomed the Paris climate change agreement, saying it demonstrated "what's possible when the world stands as one".

Barack Obama emphasised the US role in the developments that led up to the Paris agreement, including the US role in the earlier 2009 Copenhagen talks, but said the Paris agreement had only been achieved because nations came together.

"Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we've transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change," Obama said.

He said the agreement was not perfect, but that it "establishes the enduring framework" to solve the climate crisis.

Corbyn: Government needs to reverse cuts to clean energy

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the historic climate change deal agreed in Paris - and said he hopes it will prompt the government to reverse cuts to clean energy.

Jeremy Corbyn said the challenge was turning words into action Credit: PA

Accusing Prime Minister David Cameron of "taking us backwards on climate change action", Mr Corbyn said the challenge now was to turn the words of the agreement into action.

The Paris climate change agreement is historic in its ambition to take action against the worldwide threat of global warming. It represents a victory for the international movement for climate change action and global justice.

The challenge now is to turn the Paris agreement’s fine words into the strong action the planet and its people need.

The Labour Party will do everything we can to ensure Britain takes a leading role in making these aspirations a reality.

The Prime Minister has so far failed to show the leadership this agreement demands. In fact, the government has been taking us backwards on climate change action, including by cutting support for feed-in tariffs and the solar industry.

David Cameron must now take his cue from Paris, reverse his government’s cuts to clean energy and put real investment in the green jobs of the future.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader

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


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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