COP24 edging toward deal on how to report carbon emissions

By the Associated Press, CBC News Ottawa, December 15, 2018

A deal on the rules that govern the Paris climate accord appeared within grasp Saturday, as officials from almost 200 countries worked to bridge remaining differences after two weeks of UN talks in Poland.

The COP24 talks were expected to end Friday, but sessions continued into Saturday in an effort to work out firm rules for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to reduce them.

The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly different views to tackle the common threat of global warming. But while the accord set a headline target of keeping average global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius — or 1.5 C if possible — much of the fine print was left unfinished.

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