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Climate summit agrees draft document on climate change

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Climate summit agrees draft document on climate change


Delegates from almost 200 nations at the UN climate change summit in Paris have reached a draft agreement on how to move forward on the issue.

The text, which runs to 42 pages, was approved on Saturday after four years’ work that started in Durban in 2011.

It presents options for dealing with everything from the long-term goals of combating climate change, to financial assistance for developing nations that will need help to move away from fossil fuel.

“There’s a broad political will to come to a global agreement here in Paris and that is good news,” said Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics at Greenpeace.

“What is still missing in the text is a clear vision to go 100 percent renewable energy by mid-century, which gives us a chance to help those who suffer from catastrophic climate change.”

To draw attention to what they see as the time pressure on the issue, campaigners led by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, have installed twelve mini-icebergs in the shape of a clock in the Place de la Pantheon.

The blocks of ice were brought all the way from a fjord in Greenland in temperature controlled containers.

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