Climate change draft deal reached

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers his speech during the Action Day at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France (Reuters)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers his speech during the Action Day at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France (Reuters)

Delegates at an international conference in Paris have agreed on a plan to reduce climate change, but a binding agreement could be some way off.

Critics say even then, the draft text leaves too many issues unresolved.

It's been billed as the most important climate change meeting in history, and today, after a week of talks, the 190 nations at the UN climate change meeting made some progress – a draft deal to keep climate change in check.

There are three broad goals: To limit the increase of global warming to a maximum 2degC over pre-industrial times, to help countries adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and to foster the transformation of societies without threatening food production and distribution.

In an ironic twist, many of those countries most threatened by climate change also have the smallest carbon footprint, and Green MP Julie-Ann Genter believes they need extra help.

"For the countries that are already being exposed to severe weather events, we need to find a mechanism that ensures that they can receive insurance or compensation to help them rebuild," she says.

The cause has had no shortage of high-profile backing - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few.

But the dream of a clinched deal must come true before the doing can begin.

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