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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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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."

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