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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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

Climate deal will be 'major leap for mankind', says Hollande

François Hollande said the deal would be a "major leap for mankind". Credit: RTV

The Paris climate change deal would be a "major leap for mankind", French President François Hollande has said.

Mr Hollande said the world was at a "decisive moment in time" and that global warming beyond the target outlined in the draft deal could have a "very serious impact" on the planet.

He told the conference: "We have to take that last step.

"This will be a major leap for mankind.

"You have to take this opportunity, grasp it, so that our planet may live a long time, that we may live a long time."

The full text of the draft deal will be released on Saturday afternoon before it is agreed on.


Ban Ki-moon: Have courage to grasp climate solutions

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon addresses the conference. Credit: RTV

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called on nations to have the courage to "grasp" the solutions to climate change in Paris.

With the draft agreement still to be adopted, Mr Ban described it as a "historic document" and a "defining moment in a long journey".

He told the COP21 conference: "The end is in sight. Let us now finish the job. The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom.

"We must protect the planet that sustains us. For that we need all our hands on deck.

"The solutions to climate change are on the table. They are ours for the taking now. Let us have the courage to grasp them."

Paris climate change deal 'necessary for entire world'

Laurent Fabius outlines sections of the agreement in Paris. Credit: RTV

A target to keep global temperature rises "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and limit the impact to 1.5C has been outlined in the final draft agreement at the Paris climate change conference.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said the conference had come up with "an ambitious and balanced agreement" which was "necessary for the entire world".

He said the agreement, if adopted, should make it possible to reduce the risks and impacts linked to climate change.

"If adopted, this text will mark a historic turning point," Mr Fabius told delegates at the conference in the French capital on Saturday.

He said that every five years there would be a "collective stock take" of progress made towards the targets set in the legally-binding agreement.

"The world is holding its breath," Mr Fabius. "It counts on all of us."

Hollande to join climate talks after draft deal reached

French President Francois Hollande Credit: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande will join the Paris climate talks as world leaders are due to be presented with a final draft text of a historic agreement among all countries to fight global warming together.

The deal is expected to include references to making efforts to keep temperature rises to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial level.

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