Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet': Obama

    Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet': Obama

    Dec 13, Paris: US President Barack Obama has said that the climate deal reached in Paris would be the best chance to save the planet from the effects of global climate change.

    Obama said, "Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we've transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change.”

    The Paris pact aims to curb global warming to less than 2C (3.6F)

    He said it could be a turning point for the world to take on the challenge of a low-carbon future.

    The landmark deal comes after negotiators from key nations - including China, the United States, and India - gave their approval to a draft accord presented by host France earlier in the day.

    China, the world's biggest polluter, also hailed the deal. But some campaigners said it did not go far enough to protect the planet.

    Nearly 200 countries took part in tense negotiations in the French capital over two weeks, striking the first deal to commit all nations to cut emissions.

    The agreement - which is partly legally binding and partly voluntary - will come into being in 2020, BBC news reported.

    The Oslo Times


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