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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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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."

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