Historic UN climate pact 'extremely close': French host

People watch the Earth globe at the COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change, in Le Bourget on December 10, 2015Eleven days of bruising international diplomacy in the French capital have failed to resolve a host of decades-long arguments between rich and poor nations over how to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. “We are extremely close to the finish line,” Fabius, who is the president of the talks, told the negotiators. World leaders have described the Paris talks as the last chance to avert disastrous climate change: increasingly severe drought, floods and storms, as well as rising seas that engulf islands and populated coastal regions.

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