UN Reaches Climate Deal in Durban, South Africa

Monday, December 12, 2011

Protester displays a placard during the UN Climate Change conference in Durban. (Alexander Joe/Getty)

It was a long two weeks with plenty of drama, but UN delegates from around the globe agreed on Sunday in Durban, South Africa to forge a new deal to combat climate change. For the first time, the Durban Platform will force all the biggest polluters to limit greenhouse gas emissions, including emerging economies like China and India.

Andrew Light is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and professor of public policy at George Mason University.

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