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Ministers tackle flashpoints in race for climate deal

The 195-nation UN climate talks have been billed as the last chance to avert the worst consequences of global warming: deadly drought, floods and storms, and rising seas that will engulf islands and densely populated coastlinesMinisters from across the planet scrambled on Tuesday to overcome dealbreakers to a historic global pact to fight climate change, showing a rare glimmer of optimism as the deadline approaches. The 195-nation UN talks have been billed as the last chance to avert the worst consequences of global warming: deadly drought, floods and storms, and rising seas that will engulf islands and densely populated coastlines. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, presiding over the conference, said he would deliver a streamlined draft for the deal by 1pm (1200 GMT) Wednesday, after receiving feedback from splinter groups haggling over the tough issues.

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