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July 26, 2015
Light trim for rough draft of climate pact
Paris (AFP) July 25, 2015
Senior diplomats charged with condensing an unwieldy draft for a global climate rescue pact, due to be inked in December, handed in their much-anticipated homework on Friday. A near 90-page draft accord that has emerged from the 195-nation talks so far was a laundry list of unresolved issues and a myriad of options, often clashing, for averting climate disaster. Negotiators agreed at the last UN climate meeting in June to let the body's joint chairmen take a machete - or at least a scalpel - t ... read more

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