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France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

Paris - President Francois Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so.

French ex-FM Fabius says will quit as head of UN climate forum

Paris - Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius will step down as president of COP21, the UN's climate forum, after being appointed head of France's constitutional court, according to a resignation letter seen by AFP.

Begin climate change action today: UN's Ban

New York - Calling the Paris climate deal "a health insurance policy for the planet," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged governments to waste no time in delivering on their commitments to fight global warming.

Xi, Obama pledge to implement Paris climate accord: Beijing

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama, the leaders of the world's two biggest polluters, pledged to work together to implement the climate deal adopted in Paris in a phone call Monday, Beijing's foreign ministry said.

As Florida Keys flood, property worries seep in

Key Largo - Extreme high tides have turned streets into canal-like swamps in the Florida Keys, with armies of mosquitoes and the stench of stagnating water filling the air, and residents worried rising sea levels will put a damper on property values in the island ...

Pope hails climate deal, stresses need to help poor

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday hailed the UN climate accord reached in Paris but warned the key now lay in its implementation, especially in help for the poor.

After Paris: Now what for world climate?

Le Bourget - After a champagne moment in Paris, where ministers from around the world crafted a pact to fight perilous climate change, comes the hard part.

Going Dutch to help conquer the rising seas

De Beek - Had nature been left to take its course much of the Netherlands would be a muddy swamp and the tiny coastal nation would never have risen to be the eurozone's fifth largest economy.

Climate deal a diplomatic coup for France

Le Bourget - A 195-nation wrangle that ended Saturday with a historic Paris pact to curb global warming had to be the anti-Copenhagen: as flawlessly organised as the 2009 summit was chaotic, as much a success as the other was a traumatising blow for climate diploma...

The battle against global warming: A timeline

Le Bourget - Decades of diplomatic efforts to tackle climate change culminated in Paris Saturday with a common vision for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and throwing a lifeline to vulnerable countries.

'Cooking up history': Best quotes from Paris climate talks

Le Bourget - Here are 10 of the best quotes from the 13-day UN climate conference in Paris, which sealed a historic pact on Saturday to curb global warming:- Cooking up history -China's chief climate negotiator, Su Wei, serves up a culinary analogy for Paris succes...

Tears, cheers and selfies as climate pact sealed in Paris

Le Bourget - They erupted into cheers, broke into tears, took selfies and quoted great figures of history after the gavel came down in Paris on Saturday, launching the quest to save mankind from global warming.

Scientists welcome climate pact but still alarmed

Le Bourget - Climate scientists Saturday welcomed a pact to battle global warming as a major political advance, but warned of a gaping hole -- the lack of a detailed roadmap for cutting greenhouse gases that cause the problem.

Joyful ministers seal landmark Paris Agreement to stop global warming

Le Bourget - Cheering envoys from 195 nations approved Saturday a historic accord in Paris to stop global warming, offering hope that humanity can avert catastrophic climate change and usher in an energy revolution.

Bloc of 134 developing nations also 'happy' with climate pact: Spokeswoman

Le Bourget - The G77 bloc of 134 developing nations, including China, gave the nod Saturday for a hard-fought UN climate rescue pact due to be presented for adoption in Paris."We are united, all together.

Slalom course for ski areas facing future without snow

Grenoble - As temperatures rise there is less of it or sometimes even none at all -- global warming is forcing ski areas to think about the once unthinkable, a future without snow.

Cheers as French COP21 hosts unveil draft UN climate-rescue pact

Le Bourget - French hosts of UN talks submitted to cheers and applause Saturday a proposed 195-nation accord to defeat global warming, which threatens mankind but requires an energy revolution.

Blankets cover Swiss glacier in vain effort to halt icemelt

Ginebra - From afar, the Rhone glacier looks pristine, but on closer inspection the surface is covered with white blankets to slow the melting of the rapidly retreating ice.

End in sight: The long battle against global warming

Paris - A near three decade-long effort to rein in dangerous planetary warming is set to culminate Saturday in the first-ever universal pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The road has been long.

Tasked with saving humanity, climate envoys can't stay awake

Le Bourget - They have been tasked with saving humanity but, as UN climate talks went into much-feared overtime on Friday, many exhausted envoys could barely stay awake.

'Very difficult' issues dog climate talks: Kerry

Le Bourget - World powers must still make tough decisions to agree a global climate pact that will head off the threat of global warming, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday."We had a very constructive meeting.

UN climate-saving talks 'on track', but pitfalls ahead

Le Bourget - Sleep-starved envoys tasked with staving off catastrophic climate change are on track to seal a historic accord, the French hosts of UN talks said Friday although the biggest pitfalls were yet to be cleared.

What is global warming?

Paris - UN climate talks in Paris tasked with beating back the threat of global warming are scheduled to conclude on Friday.

Climate change gives world's tiny islands a big voice at COP21

At the Paris climate talks, the planet's smallest nations have found their voice amid the nearly 200 countries attending COP21. While most nations are thinking of global warming in economic terms, small island nations picture a map without them.

Sleep-starved envoys zero in on historic climate accord

Le Bourget - Sleep-starved envoys tasked with saving humanity from catastrophic climate change zeroed in early Friday on a historic Paris accord, battling through a second all-night session of UN talks in search of a solution.

'Still difficulties' in climate talks: President Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there were "still difficulties" in the climate talks in Paris, especially on financing. "There are still difficulties, we are aware of them, on financing...

Beijing lifts smog red alert as blue skies return

Bejing - Beijing's first ever red alert for smog was lifted Thursday, as blue skies and sunshine replaced the thick haze that covered the city for days.

Pakistan facing climate 'calamity' if warnings go unheeded

Karachi - Karachi, 2050: The sprawling megacity lies crumbling, desiccated by another deadly heatwave, its millions of inhabitants suffering life-threatening water shortages and unable to buy bread that has become too expensive to eat.

Campaigning adventurers converge on Paris for climate talks

Le Bourget - On threadbare running shoes, beaten bikes and solar-powered rickshaws, climate campaigners with a taste for adventure have converged on Paris after epic journeys powered by dreams of saving mankind.

Deadline looms after all-night climate talks in Paris

Le Bourget - Weary ministers were locked Thursday in marathon UN talks aimed at braking the juggernaut of climate change, facing decisions on deal-breaking rows as a deadline loomed just over 24 hours away.
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