UN climate talks in Scotland ended with a global agreement that aimed at the minimum to keep alive hopes of cappingat 1.5 degrees Celsius, and so continue a realistic chance of saving the world from extreme .
Alok Sharma, the conference chairman, banged down his gavel to signal that there were no decisive objections from the almost 200 national delegations present in Glasgow, ranging from coal- and gas-fuelled superpowers to oil producers and Pacific islands being swallowed by the rise in sea levels.
The deal came despite a last-gasp intervention from China and India seeking to water down language on fossil fuels in the summit’s text.
“I apologise for the way this course of action has unfolded. I am deeply sorry,” Sharma told the hall, drawing sympathetic applause from the many who spoke out against the Sino-Indian step.
That turned to much louder cheers from the delegates when Sharma declared the climate agreement formally adopted, as attendees hugged and high-fived.
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