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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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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

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