The clock is ticking: More than 100 countries back ambitious new climate deal

More than a hundred countries have backed an ambitious new climate deal that could see levels of greenhouse gas emission cuts reviewed and ramped up every five years. Ministers from 195 countries are at a United Nations climate summit in Paris, which aims to secure a new deal to curb global temperature rises and prevent dangerous climate change. As the talks enter their final days, the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states have agreed they want to see a legally binding, ambitious and fair deal that sets out a long-term goal to tackle climate change which matches the science.

This would make the Paris deal not just revolutionary but also evolutionary.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s senior climate adviser

A new version of the text of the draft agreement is expected today, which it is hoped will make further progress on sticking points, including a long-term goal for the climate, the review mechanism and finance to help developing countries cope with climate change and develop cleanly. But it comes amid fears that some countries are using the negotiations process to slow down progress so an unambitious deal is finalised in the last hours of the conference. Making sure ambition can be raised is key to achieving a 2C limit to global temperature rises – beyond which “dangerous” climate change is expected – or the more stringent 1.5C many countries have backed.