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UN members approve framework to tackle climate change

Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 12:10 PM

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges, which is to be submitted to a summit next year.

The BBC says differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks in Lima, Peru, to overrun by two days.

Environmental groups have said the deal was an ineffectual compromise, but the EU says it is a step towards achieving a global climate deal next year in Paris.

The talks have proved difficult because of divisions between rich and poor countries over how to spread the burden of pledges to cut carbon emissions.

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