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COP 21: Ministers work through night in bid for deal


Ministers from around the world have worked through the night as the talks for a new deal on climate change enter their final days. Efforts are being made to break divisions on key issues in the agreement which aims to avoid dangerous climate change and provide finance for poor countries to deal with the impacts of global warming. A draft of the text for the agreement released on Wednesday contained the potential for ambitious targets on curbing rising global temperatures and cutting emissions over the coming decades, as well as weaker options, and a new text is expected later today.

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US backs strong deal on climate change


The United States is part of the “high ambition coalition” of countries calling for a strong deal on tackling climate change, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

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Carbon dioxide emissions ‘could be falling slightly’


Global carbon dioxide emissions may be dropping slightly this year, spurred by a dramatic plunge in Chinese pollution, research suggests. The unexpected dip could either be a temporary blip or true hope that the world is about to turn the corner on carbon pollution as climate talks continue in Paris, said the authors of a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. “That shouldn’t tell us we don’t need to do anything, but that shows there is action,” Janos Pasztor, the United Nations assistant secretary general for climate change, told The Associated Press at the Paris climate talks. “Things are going in the right direction. All we need is a strong agreement.”

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Video: Statoil sets the scene for Paris COP21


The largest ever gathering of world leaders has met in Paris for COP 21 to try to agree on new climate goals. Statoil has set out a clear ambition to be competitive in a low-carbon future, and is also there. If you want to find out what they’re doing, check out the video below.