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Delegates at the UN Climate Summit in South African port city of Durban have finally reached a deal that aims to extend the 1997 Kyoto Protocol by five more years and launch talks towards a successor treaty.
The new treaty will have binding agreement for developed and developing nations to curb their carbon emissions, and it came with heavy compromises.
Negotiations went on for extra two days to try to get the world’s biggest polluters to commit to a plan to cut carbon emissions.
Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from the venue of the conference.
Secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks have revealed new details about how the United States manipulated last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen. The cables show how the United States sought dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming, how financial and other aid was used by countries to gain political backing, and how the United States mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the “Copenhagen Accord.” We speak to Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Pablo Solón. Several of the cables addressed Bolivia’s opposition to the U.S.-backed accord.