UN climate deal commits every nation to curbing emissions

December 15, 2014 2:56 AM

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UN climate deal commits every nation to curbing emissions

LIMA, Peru — Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, after more than 36 straight hours of negotiations, top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing the fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming.

In its structure, the deal represents a breakthrough in the two-decade effort to forge a significant global pact to fight climate change. The Lima Accord, as it is known, is the first time that all nations — rich and poor — have agreed to cut back on the burning oil, gas and coal.

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