Big sticking points with one day left in climate talks


Negotiators in the Paris climate talks are arguing over financing, how much to limit global warming and who will bear the most responsibility to fight climate change.

The number of brackets in the latest draft agreement, representing portions of the text that are up for debate, dropped from 364 on Wednesday to just 50 on Thursday. The entire text remains bracketed, meaning the whole document is up for debate, but the reduction in brackets shows negotiators found many areas of compromise, with one day to go before the scheduled end of the talks.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the president of the 21st Conference of the Parties, said the main areas of debate revolve around funding for poor countries, the amount of responsibility poor countries will have to bear in fighting climate change as opposed to richer nations, and exactly what level the rise in global warming should be limited to.

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