THERE have been cheers and applause as the first universal deal to combat climate change was forged in Paris.
The deadline was pushed back this week in order to have delegates agree to curb carbon emissions and restrict global warming to “well below” 2C.
It took 13 days and nights of talk, debate and diplomacy to have all 196 parties reach the historic agreement.
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke on behalf of a negotiating block of non-European Union developed countries in welcoming the deal.
“Certainly, it does not include everything that we envisaged (but) this agreement does give us a strategy to work together over coming years and decades to build the strong and effective action the world needs,” Ms Bishop said.