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UN climate talks stagger towards mediocre outcome

A UN climate summit in Madrid stumbled towards the finish line on Sunday after marathon talks between countries exposed deeper divides than ever over how to enact humanity s plan to avert global warming disaster. More than 36 hours after the negotiations were due to end, delegates were close to agreement on contentious issues, including how ambitious each nation is in its individual plan to fight climate change. Faced with fire-alarm warnings from science, deadly extreme weather made worse by climate change, and weekly strikes by millions of young people, negotiations in Madrid were under pressure to send a clear signal that governments were willing to double down in tackling the crisis. But observers and delegates from nations already bearing the brunt of climate-related disasters said the COP 25 in Madrid had resolutely failed to live up to its own slogan: Time for action. We wanted provisions that were in the Paris agreement to remain and what we see at every COP it just seems to .

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