Climate conference approves landmark deal

December 11, 2011 • World News

U.S. lead negotiator Todd Stern, right, walk out of the negotiation room as the climate change summit nears it’s end in the city of Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Dec 10, 2011. Some ministers and top climate negotiators left Durban without an agreement Saturday, with time running out and the prospect of an inconclusive end jeopardizing new momentum in the fight against global warming. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — A U.N. climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement Sunday on a complex and far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change for the coming decades.

The 194-party conference agreed to start negotiations on a new accord that would put all countries under the same legal regime enforcing commitments to control greenhouse gases. It would take effect by 2020 at the latest.

The deal also set up the bodies that will collect, govern and distribute tens of billions of dollars a year for Login to read more

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