Agence France Presse: World leaders vowed to lessen global warming by 2 degrees at Paris climate summit


ANTALYA — Leaders of the world’s top economies vowed to seek a deal to stave off catastrophic global warming at the upcoming UN conference in Paris, according to a draft statement drawn up Monday, November 16, at a summit in Turkey.

Negotiators at the Group of 20 summit haggled through the night on the text of the statement as Saudi Arabia and India initially refused to include specific climate goals like curbing global warming to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 Farenheit), sources said.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” said the draft communique which will  undergo a final review by leaders later in the day. We affirm our determination to adopt a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force,” at the COP21 talks, the draft said.

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