The climate talks stretched into record overtime before negotiators managed to seal a vague agreement in a last-ditch effort. Activists were hoping for a bolder approach to curbing climate-changing greenhouse gases.
Negotiatiors at the the UN climate summit in Madrid agreed Sunday to a deal aimed at averting a global warming disaster, though one that pushed key decisions to a future date.
The marathon talks went into overtime, extending more than 36 hours past the expected conclusion date and making COP25 the longest UN climate conference to date.
The final agreement was far from the bold call to action that climate-protection proponents had hoped for. Many of the delegates expressed disappointment over the outcome of the conference.
Countries failed to establish market rules for trading carbon credits, considered one of the most contentious issues at the conference.
Another big miss was figuring out how to fund poorer countries to mitigate damage caused by climate change.
The final agreement urged all 200 participant countries to honor climate targets and make progress towards them over the next year.
Crisis on the horizon
Scientists have pointed to abnormal extreme weather phenomenon as partial evidence of the man-made destabilization of Earth’s climate system.
Under the 2015 Paris accord, countries agreed to take measures to prevent global temperatures from reaching 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Activists have argued that governments need to do more to reduce greenhouse emissions, citing the potential for irreversible conditions.
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