COPENHAGEN (AFP) – World leaders finally clinched a climate deal at the end of marathon talks Friday but admitted it would not halt global warming and campaigners denounced the outcome as an abject failure.
US President Barack Obama said a "meaningful" agreement had been reached during exhaustive meetings involving about two dozen presidents and prime ministers gathered in Copenhagen. Even Obama admitted however that it did not go far enough.
And the deal still have to get the approval of the 193 UN members states, including small island nations most at risk from the warmer Earth's temperatures that bring rising sea levels and the risk of more droughts, storms and floods.
"Today we have made a meaningful and unprecendented breakthrough here in Copenhagen," Obama told reporters.