Sunday, December 13, 2015



JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)


GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.


ISAIAH 30:26-27
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.


3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.(enviromentalists-(COP 21 CLIMATE KOOKS) and animal rights nutjobs-mentalcases won't like this result)
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they(False World Church and Dictator) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.




France seeks to form coalition of ambition, carbon price-Reuters – DEC 12,15-YAHOONEWS

PARIS (Reuters) - France will revise its domestic goals for cutting greenhouse gases by 2020 and will seek to build a coalition of nations striving for a global carbon price to accelerate a shift toward greener energy, French President Hollande said on Saturday.He was speaking just after the sealing of a global accord to limit global warming, which the French leaders of the deal said sacrificed some ambition in order to get a universal deal.Hollande, whose presidential term ends in 2017, said he engaged on behalf of France to revise the nation's greenhouse gas goals by 2020 at the latest and to review the amount of money it is giving to help the poorest nations adapt to climate change.He said he would also seek to work with other nations seeking to lead the fight against global warming."I engage with other countries if they want to join us to establish a coalition for a carbon price so that investment can be redirected," Hollande told delegates in Paris.A binding text, agreed by nearly 200 nations, contains loose language on "internationally transferred mitigation outcomes," which could enable countries to offset their own emissions by buying emissions credits from other nations.A political, non-legal part of the Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of "carbon pricing", but does not require nations to seek to develop it.(Reporting by Barbara Lewis and Alister Doyle)

Winnipeg city councillor ready to act following Paris climate talks-CBC – DEC 12,15-YAHOO NEWS

Winnipeg city Coun. Jenny Gerbasi is back from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where she said she observed a political will to care for the environment that has not existed in years."We didn't have [it] at the federal level and we didn't have it at the city level," she said, referring to previous government leadership."Now, we're seeing it coming together with a lot of political will and that gives me optimism."But, optimism and conversation about change is not enough, the Fort Rouge–East Fort Garry councillor said."We really can't just keep talking.… We have to start planning our communities in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions."When it comes to that planning, Gerbasi said it starts with local government representatives being involved in discussions that are traditionally limited to the provincial and federal levels."The local level of government is on the front lines of where climate change is affecting people and we have a lot to do with the solutions for dealing with the problems that we are starting to see all over the world and here in relation to climate change," she said."I think it's time for local government to step up and do our part … I believe that [Winnipeg] Mayor [Brian] Bowman is committed to this."While Gerbasi acknowledged there are "a number of steps" the city can take, she was not able to name them specifically, saying those at city hall are having conversations about how to move forward, and that there is a lot of work to be done.On an international scale, Gerbasi said Canada's participation at the conference was notable, adding Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna was taking an active role in the negotiations."Canada was taking a leadership role and pushing for the rights of indigenous people," she said."People … from Kenya came up to us. [They said], 'We're looking for Canadians to tell you how happy we are with your new prime minister, and what he's saying and that Canada is back on the scene in terms of taking action of the environment."

The French COP21 Presidency has presented a final draft agreement-COP21-DEC 12,15

On Saturday, 12 December at 11:30, a final draft agreement was presented to the representatives of the 195 countries by the French COP21 Presidency, during a plenary session charged with emotion and punctuated by applause.The compromise text is “fair, sustainable, dynamic, balanced and legally binding”, declared the President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, in a trembling voice, on the verge of tears.   “If it is adopted, this text will mark a historic turning point,” continued Fabius, who was applauded several times by delegates who rose from their seats. He thanked them, standing with his hand on his heart. “We are almost at the end of the road, and no doubt at the start of another,” he emphasized, calling on the countries to “not let the unique opportunity that is within our grasp slip through our fingers.” He encouraged them to read the text carefully and to meet at 15:45 to adopt it.“This text, which we have built together, […] is the best balance possible, a balance which is both powerful and fragile, which will enable each delegation, each group of countries, to return home with their heads held high, having gained a lot,” continued the COP21 President.In terms of content, the project confirms the goal of “holding the increase in average temperature to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit this increase to 1.5°C, which would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”, he noted.   On the thorny issue of finance, the text provides that the $100 billion promised every year by the developed countries to help developing countries fund their climate policies will be a “a floor for post-2020”. “A new quantified target will need to be set by 2025 at the latest,” added the President. “Success is within reach of all our hands working together. Together, in this room, you are going to decide on a historic agreement.The world is waiting with bated breath and is counting on us all,” he concluded.   His call was repeated on the podium by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who called upon the countries to “finish the job” by adopting the agreement presented.The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, hammered the point home, calling upon the delegates to “make the decisive step” of adopting this agreement within the day, making this “12 December a day that is not only historic, but a date for humanity.”“France is asking you – France is begging you – to adopt the first universal climate agreement in our history,” appealed Hollande.The text (PDF, English only) was published online at 13:30, while it was being translated into the six UN languages (French, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Spanish). The 196 Parties are set to meet for a plenary session of the Paris Committee at 15:45 before the agreement is hopefully adopted.(with AFP)

EU and 195 countries adopt Paris climate accord By Peter Teffer-dec 12,15-euobserver

Paris, Today, 21:09-For the first time in the history of mankind, the world's countries, on Saturday evening (12 December) in Paris, committed to fighting climate change by adopting a fully global climate treaty.After two weeks of talks in a conference centre in a suburb of the French capital, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius asked the plenary session of the United Nations climate conference if it wished to adopt the Paris Agreement.“I see that the reaction is positive. I see no objection. The Paris Agreement is adopted,” said Fabius.The deal cements a new bottom-up approach, which involves pledges by every country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a review mechanism to jack up the ambition of the pledges every five years.The international legal document, which will be signed by 195 countries and by the European Union, says the signatories aim to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.”The reference to the 1.5 degrees is a powerful element, introduced in the text in Paris to accommodate the worries of countries most vulnerable to climate change, and of those which wanted an "ambitious" agreement.The more the earth's global temperature rises, the more chance there is of extreme weather events which cause both economic harm and loss of life.It is the second legally binding climate document since the Kyoto Protocol, adopted in Japan in 1997. But Kyoto required only action from a few dozen developing countries, which, historically speaking, have been the greatest polluters.This time, all countries are expected to act, but the text still allows for different responsibilities.“Developed country parties [to the Paris accord] shall continue taking the lead by undertaking economy-wide absolute emission reduction targets. Developing country parties should continue enhancing their mitigation efforts, and are encouraged to move over time towards economy-wide emission reduction or limitation targets in the light of different national circumstances,” said the text, adopted Saturday.Another important aspect of the text is “climate finance” - aid money to developing countries to help them reduce emissions, as well as take care of the effects of climate change whic have already happened.In addition to the Paris Agreement, the countries also adopted another document, in which developed countries promise to annually provide $100 billion starting in 2020, and, in a last-minute concession to developing countries, to increase this sum from 2025 onwards.Putting the finance chapter in the additional document, rather than in the binding agreement, appeased the wealthier nations’ concerns.The adoption of the Paris document ends a process of years, and puts the traumatic experience of the Copenhagen climate conference 2009, where a similar treaty was expected but not delivered, to rest.“This historic agreement is a manifesto for a better world, for a world that is just and sustainable,” said Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's minister of environment, on behalf of EU ministers.Sitting next to her was the European Commission's climate negotiatior, Miguel Arias Canete, who called it a “strong and robust agreement.” He noted that following the adoption, nations and the EU must next take measures in the spirit of the agreement.“Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we have to act,” said Canete.The adoption also ended a rollercoaster of a day on Saturday, during which the climate talks were finalised, one day later than in the original schedule.Earlier on Saturday, Fabius delivered an emotional speech in which he called on delegates to accept the draft text he presented.He was flanked by French president Francois Hollande, and United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, who also asked countries to accept the draft.During the day, environmental groups held a press conference. Referring to the draft text, they said that although “disappointing” compromises intruded into the document, it is still a “landmark agreement.”“Paris will be the floor, not the ceiling,” said Oxfam's Tim Gore.Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo added: “This is the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era.”As is common in international climate negotiations, several key moments in the final days were postponed to accommodate bilateral talks.The final plenary session started one hour and 45 minutes after it was scheduled to, but with several of the delegates visibly discussing in so-called "huddles" on television screens.It is likely that during these huddles, the last of the edges were smoothed, which allowed Fabius to declare the historic document as adopted after no one country objected.

Factbox: World reacts to new climate accord-Reuters – DEC 12,15-YAHOONEWS

(Reuters) - From business leaders to politicians, world figures reacted on Saturday to news that climate negotiators in Paris had approved a breakthrough accord that will for the first time unite rich and poor nations in combating climate change.Below are select comments and quotes:-EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER-Today the world is united in the fight against climate change. Today the world gets a lifeline, a last chance to hand over to future generations a world that is more stable, a healthier planet, fairer societies and more prosperous economies. This robust agreement will steer the world toward a global clean energy transition.-U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY-This is a tremendous victory for all of our citizen, not for any one country, or any one bloc, but for everybody here who has worked so hard to bring this across the finish line. It is a victory for all of the planet and for future generations.We have set a course here. The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet, a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path.-HILLARY CLINTON, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE-We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge. That’s why as president, I will make combating climate change a top priority from day one, and secure America’s future as the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.-BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-While this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough. The planet is in crisis. We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that.-UK PRIME MINISTER CAMERON-The talks at the COP21 conference in Paris have culminated in a global deal, with the whole world now signed up to play its part in halting climate change. In other words, this generation has taken vital steps to ensure that our children and grandchildren will see that we did our duty in securing the future of our planet. What is so special about this deal is that it puts the onus on every country to play its part.-INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND CHIEF CHRISTINE LAGARDE-Governments must now put words into actions, in particular by implementing policies that make effective progress on the mitigation pledges they have made. That is why my key message is to price carbon right and to do it now.-WORLD BANK GROUP PRESIDENT JIM YONG KIM-We welcome the historic agreement that has just been reached in Paris. The world has come together to forge a deal that finally reflects the aspiration, and the seriousness, to preserve our planet for future generations-We called for strong ambition, for remarkable partnerships, for mobilization of finance, and for implementation of national climate plans. Paris delivered. Now the job becomes our shared responsibility.-INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY-The IEA congratulates all Parties, under the leadership of the French Presidency, for the successful conclusion of the landmark Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is nothing less than a historic milestone for the global energy sector. It will speed up the transformation of the energy sector by accelerating investments in cleaner technologies and energy efficiency.-PRAKASH JAVADEKAR, INDIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER-We have opened a new chapter of hope in the lives of 7 billion people on the planet. We have (the planet) on loan from future generations. We have today reassured these future generations that we will all together … give them a better earth.-GERMAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER BARBARA HENDRICKS-" For the first time all the countries of the world are together on the path to save the planet ... we fought for a long time and today we've reached a solid agreement. It is a historic turning point."-PAUL POLMAN, CEO, UNILEVER-Today’s agreement demonstrates without question that it is possible for us to come together in common cause to address the greatest challenges we face, preventing tragedy for the many millions of people vulnerable to the effects of climate change and securing the economic prosperity of the world in the 21st century.The result is an unequivocal signal to the business and financial communities, one that will drive real change in the real economy. The billions of dollars pledged by developed countries will be matched with the trillions of dollars that will flow to low carbon investment.-PHILIPPE DEFOSSES, DIRECTOR OF FRENCH PENSION FUND ERAFP-The Paris agreement marks a tipping point. Going forward the world has a shared vision that will lead inexorably to investors moving away from fossil fuels and toward a future powered by low carbon energy. Investors will encourage every country keen to build a sustainable economy to develop a long-term low-emissions development strategy, including carbon pricing schemes, so that investors know ambition levels over the short, medium- and long-term.-JEFFREY SACHS, DIRECTOR OF THE EARTH INSTITUTE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY-The diplomats have done their job: the Paris Agreement points the world in the right direction, and with sophistication and clarity. It does not, however, ensure implementation, which necessarily remains the domain of politicians, businessmen, scientists, engineers, and civil society.-GE SPOKESPERSON-We applaud governments on this important milestone and look forward to reviewing details of agreement. GE will continue to lead business in combating climate change by working across sectors to drive innovation, invest in new technologies and scale new business models.(Reporting by Alister Doyle, Bruce Wallace, Barbara Lewis, Bate Felix and Nina Chestney; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

A 'victory for all of the planet': Nations pledge to slow global warming in historic pact-By Karl Ritter, Seth Borenstein And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – DEC 12,15-YAHOONEWS

LE BOURGET, France - Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.The "Paris agreement" aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change.Loud applause erupted in the conference hall after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement. Some delegates wept, others embraced."It's a victory for all of the planet and for future generations," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, adding that the pact will "prevent the worst most devastating consequences of climate change from ever happening." Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira added: "Today, we've proven that it's possible for every country to come together, hand in hand, to do its part to fight climate change."In the pact, the countries pledge to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100.In practical terms, achieving that goal means the world would have to stop emitting greenhouse gases — most of which come from the burning of oil, coal and gas for energy — altogether in the next half-century, scientists said. That's because the less we pollute, the less pollution nature absorbs.Achieving such a reduction in emissions would involve a complete transformation of how people get energy, and many activists worry that despite the pledges, countries are not ready to make such profound, costly changes.The deal now needs to be ratified by individual governments — at least 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of global emissions — before taking effect. It is the first pact to ask all countries to join the fight against global warming, representing a sea change in U.N. talks that previously required only wealthy nations to reduce their emissions." History will remember this day," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. "The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people."The deal commits countries to keeping the rise in global temperatures by the year 2100 compared with pre-industrial times "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and says they will "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The world has already warmed by about 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times.Ben Strauss, a sea level researcher at Climate Central, said limiting warming to 1.5 degrees instead of 2 degrees could potentially cut in half the projected 280 million people whose houses will eventually be submerged by rising seas.More than 180 countries have ready presented plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions— a breakthrough in itself after years of stalemate. But those pledges are not enough to achieve the goals in the accord, meaning countries will need to cut much more to meet the goal."We've agreed to what we ought to be doing, but no one yet has agreed to go do it," said Dennis Clare, a negotiator for the Federated States of Micronesia. "It's a whole lot of pomp, given the circumstances."The agreement sets a goal of getting global greenhouse gas emissions to start falling "as soon as possible"; they have been generally rising since the industrial revolution.It says wealthy nations should continue to provide financial support for poor nations to cope with climate change and encourages other countries to pitch in on a voluntary basis. That reflects Western attempts to expand the donor base to include advanced developing countries such as China.In a victory for small island nations, the agreement includes a section highlighting the losses they expect to incur from climate-related disasters that it's too late to adapt to. However, a footnote specifies that it "does not involve or provide any basis for any liability or compensation" — a key U.S. demand because it would let the Obama administration sign on to the deal without going through the Republican-led Senate.The adoption of the agreement was held up for nearly two hours as the United States pressed successfully to change the wording on emissions targets from saying developed countries "shall" commit to reducing emissions to they "should." Experts said that means the deal probably won't need U.S. congressional approval.Nicaragua said it would not support the pact. Its envoy, Paul Oquist, said the agreement does not go far enough to cut global warming and help the poor countries affected by it.Nicaragua is one of eight participating countries that haven't submitted emissions targets, after Venezuelan envoy Claudia Salerno said her country — which had been holding out — liked the agreement and had submitted its pledge.Thousands of protesters demonstrated across Paris, saying the accord is too weak to save the planet. People held hands beneath the Eiffel Tower and stretched a two-kilometre-long (1.2-mile-long) banner from the Arc de Triomphe to the business district La Defence.Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace said the accord is a good start but isn't enough."Today the human race has joined in a common cause, but it's what happens after this conference that really matters," he said. "This deal alone won't dig us out the hole we're in, but it makes the sides less steep."The accord does represent a breakthrough in climate negotiations. The U.N. has been working for more than two decades to persuade governments to work together to reduce the man-made emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.The previous emissions treaty, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, included only rich countries and the U.S. never signed on. The last climate summit, in Copenhagen in 2009, ended in failure when countries couldn't agree on a binding emissions pact.The talks were initially scheduled to end Friday but ran over as Western powers, tiny Pacific island nations and everyone in between haggled over wording.The main dispute centred over how to anchor the climate targets in a binding international pact, with China and other major developing countries insisting on different rules for rich and poor nations. The agreement struck a middle ground, removing a strict firewall between rich and poor nations and saying that expectations on countries to take climate action should grow as their capabilities evolve. It does not require them to do so.Some scientists who had criticized earlier drafts as unrealistic praised the final pact for including language that essentially means the world will have to all but stop polluting with greenhouse gases by 2070 to reach the 2-degree goal, or by 2050 to reach the 1.5-degree goal.That's because when emissions fall, nature compensates by absorbing less carbon dioxide — and can even release old pollution once there's less of it in the air, said Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer. Forests, oceans and soil currently absorb about half the world's man-made carbon dioxide emissions."It means that in the end, you have to phase out carbon dioxide," said John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.In addition to the cuts in emissions, the goal could be reached in part by increasing how much carbon dioxide is sucked out of the air by planting forests or with futuristic technology, Oppenheimer said, but added such technology would be expensive.French President Francois Hollande welcomed the world to a "low carbon age," saying France is ready to cut emissions even further and increase aid to poor countries that are affected. He challenged all nations to do more."The 12th of December, 2015, will remain a great date for the planet," Hollande declared. "In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished — a revolution for climate change."___Angela Charlton, Andy Drake and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

The Latest: Obama says climate deal is 'best chance to save the one planet we have'-By The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – DEC 12,15-YAHOONEWS

LE BOURGET, France - The latest on the U.N. climate conference outside Paris (all times local):-11:50 p.m.President Barack Obama says the climate agreement reached in Paris on Saturday offers "the best chance to save the one planet we have."In a statement delivered from the Cabinet Room, Obama says we can be more confident the planet is going to be in better shape for the next generation, and that the deal shows the world has the will and ability to take on "this challenge."Obama says no nation could solve the problem of climate change alone, and he warns that even if all the goals are met the world is only on its way to reducing carbon in the atmosphere.He says the Paris agreement establishes an enduring framework that the world needs to tackle the problem.___9:55 p.m.French President Francois Hollande says he is proud of the commitments of nearly 200 countries that have adopted the Paris agreement.The deal calls on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposes no sanctions on countries that don't. It aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100.Hollande told delegates in Paris on Saturday that "you did it!"The French president says "the 12th of December, 2015, will remain a great date for the planet. In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished."___ 9:15 p.m.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Paris agreement caps a seven-year effort to get the world to act on climate change.As nations took turns praising the agreement Saturday, Ban says "what was once unthinkable is now unstoppable ... it's a good agreement and you should all be proud.""History will remember this day," Ban said. "The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people."The U.N. chief, who spoke about travelling the globe to hear victims talk about struggling with the effects of climate change, told victims that the world is now listening to them.He added "the world starts from tomorrow."___9:05 p.m.Venezuelan climate envoy Claudia Salerno says her country has submitted an emissions pledge for the new agreement to fight global warming.That makes oil-rich Venezuela the 186th country to present a target. The country's delegates at the Paris talks had been holding out on a pledge, saying they first wanted to see how ambitious the pact would be.A smiling Salerno told delegates on Saturday "we now need to cherish this moment."Salerno had protested fiercely the last time the world tried to adopt a climate agreement six years ago in Copenhagen.___ 8:55 p.m.The White House is calling the Paris accord "the most ambitious climate change agreement in history" and says it establishes "a long-term, durable global framework" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.President Barack Obama is to make a statement on the climate agreement later Saturday at the White House.___8:40 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is praising the new accord on global warming as a deal that will save the world for generations to come.He says "it's a victory for all of the planet and for future generations."Kerry told fellow negotiators Saturday in Paris that "it will help the world prepare for the impacts of climate change that are already here and also for those that we already know are on our way inevitably." He added the pact would "prevent the worst most devastating consequences of climate change from ever happening."More than 190 countries had been negotiating the pact for four years after earlier attempts to reach such a deal failed.___8:20 p.m.Paul Oquist, Nicaragua's U.S.-born climate envoy, told climate negotiators that his country is "not able to support the consensus."He said the agreement does not go far enough and leads to twice as much global warming as the stated goals. His country is one of 10 nations that didn't submit plans to reduce emissions.Oquist asked for a compensation fund that would pay poorer countries for damages caused by global warming and complained the accord approved Saturday night in Paris would not let victims sue for compensation.___8:05 p.m.Ministers and delegates are praising the new global climate accord.Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says "years from now, our grandchildren will reflect on humanity's moral courage to solve the climate crisis. And they will look to December 12, 2015, as the day when the community of nations finally made the decision to act."South African environment minister Edna Molewa calls the pact "the best we can get at this historic moment." She says it "can map a turning point to a better and safer world" but she added that developed countries still have to cut emissions more and help poorer nations to counter the effects of global warming.__7:30 p.m.Governments have adopted a global agreement that for the first time asks all countries to reduce or rein in their greenhouse gas emissions.Loud applause erupted in the conference hall outside of Paris after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement Saturday. Some delegates started crying. Others embraced.More than 190 countries had been negotiating the pact for four years after earlier attempts to reach such a deal failed.___7:28 p.m.Governments have adopted a global climate pact that for the first time asks all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.___7:20 p.m.A Western diplomat tells The Associated Press that Paris climate talks have been held up for nearly two hours because the United States objects to one word in the draft agreement.The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because he was not authorized to comment publicly, said the U.S. wants the word "shall" changed to "should" in a clause on emissions targets out of fears that it might require the Obama administration to seek approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.— By Matt Lee.___5:50 p.m.U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern says the United States will agree to a draft climate change accord at global talks.Stern spoke to reporters Saturday shortly before negotiators from nearly 200 countries were to begin their final meeting at the conference site outside Paris.The unprecedented deal to slow global warming begins by cutting and then eliminating greenhouse gas pollution.In the "Paris agreement," countries would commit to keeping average global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. Still, the pact doesn't have any mechanism to punish countries that don't or can't contribute toward that goal.___5:10 p.m.Thousands of protesters in Paris, under the close watch of riot police, are holding hands beneath the Eiffel Tower and denouncing a burgeoning Paris climate accord as too weak to save the planet.Paris police authorized Saturday's protest despite continued security fears and a state of emergency declared because of the deadly Nov. 13 attacks. The activists remained cheerful as they demonstrated on the Champ de Mars field that stretches beneath the tower.Danielle Lefait, a retired deaf student teacher, says she is protesting because she is afraid of the environmental risks of proposed shale gas extraction in her town of Arras in northern France. Other protesters are angry the draft climate accord doesn't do more to force governments to give up fossil fuels blamed for warming the planet.Protesters also stretched a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) red banner from the Arc de Triomphe to the La Defence business district in Paris — illustrating the "red line" they say climate negotiators shouldn't cross if they want to protect vulnerable people and the Earth.___4 p.m.Mostapha Zaher head of the Afghan delegation at the Paris climate talks, believes an "overwhelming majority" of the delegates will be satisfied with the final draft of a global climate accord.Zaher says he's "almost absolutely certain" the final draft is going to be formally adopted later on Saturday. He says he has been to such conferences for many years and "I hadn't seen a buildup like today, electricity in the air."He says Afghanistan is being "ravaged" by climate change: "Our glaciers are melting ... erratic weather patterns are having a dire effect on our agriculture."Zaher stressed the Paris agreement would allow "proper transfers of clean technology to Afghanistan." But he also says "we have to — also as a least-developed country — play our role to help ourselves."Afghanistan has promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 13.6 per cent below the 2030 business-as-usual scenario.___2:30 p.m.A top climate scientist who was critical of draft negotiation texts on Friday has praised the final draft as being consistent with science.John Schellnhuber, director of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, says that "if agreed and implemented, this means bringing down greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero within a few decades."He says the accord presented Saturday "is in line with the scientific evidence we presented of what would have to be done to limit climate risks such as weather extremes and sea-level rise. To stabilize our climate, CO2 emissions have to peak well before 2030 and should be eliminated as soon as possible after 2050."He added that "governments can indeed write history today, so future generations will remember the Paris summit for centuries to come."Delegates are studying the accord, which may be adopted later Saturday.___2:20 p.m.A draft universal climate accord sets a global goal of peaking global greenhouse gas emissions "as soon as possible."It also calls for achieving a balance between man-made emissions and the Earth's ability to absorb them by the second half of this century.The wording removed disputed concepts like "climate neutrality" or "emissions neutrality" which had appeared in earlier drafts but were met with opposition from countries including China.The draft agreement included a section on "loss and damage," an issue pushed by small island nations and other vulnerable countries who wanted the deal to recognize that there are some impacts of climate change that they cannot adapt to.However, an adjoining decision linked to the agreement said the loss and damage article "does not involve or provide a basis for any liability or compensation" — a key demand of the United States.Another article of the draft agreement said wealthy nations should continue to provide financial support for poor nations to cope with climate change.It also said "other parties are encouraged to provide or continue to provide such support voluntarily." That's a new concept in the climate talks, suggesting the most advanced developing countries should also pitch in.___2:10 p.m.Activists gathered near the Eiffel Tower are already denouncing a potential global climate accord as insufficient to protect the planet.As organizers of the Paris climate talks presented what they hope is a final draft of the accord, protesters from environmental and human rights groups gathered in Paris to call attention to populations threatened by rising seas and increasing droughts and floods.Thomas Coutrot of advocacy group Attac said the accord is an optical illusion that "masks" a lack of serious policy changes like abandoning oil altogether." This accord is unacceptable," he said. He called for declaring "a state of climate emergency." Delegates are studying the accord, which may be adopted later Saturday.Guillaume Durin of Alternatiba said, "we are convinced the agreement won't be enough."___1:40 p.m.France has presented what it calls the "final draft" of a potentially historic global agreement to fight climate change to international negotiators.The 31-page draft, called the "Paris Agreement" was released Saturday after two weeks of talks at high-stakes, high-level negotiations outside Paris.The delegates from nearly 200 countries will review the draft in coming hours, and the French organizers are hoping to adopt the accord later Saturday.___1:05 p.m.Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga has not seen the draft agreement, but is ready to support it."What text? We're still waiting," Sopoaga said walking out of the meeting where a draft deal was announced by French officials Saturday.He added he thought the leaders spoke well and that "we need to give them our support."Island nations like Tuvalu are especially vulnerable to rising seas and global warming and have been vocal about the needs for the strongest possible efforts to limit climate change.___12:55 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes a universal climate pact is "teed up" to be adopted on Saturday.The French hosts of the Paris talks are set to release a draft agreement in the afternoon."It should be good but we'll see. Little things can happen but we think it's teed up," Kerry told reporters.___12:35 p.m.French President Francois Hollande has called on nearly 200 nations to adopt "the first universal agreement on climate."Hollande told delegates at the Paris conference that the deal would be "unprecedented" in the history of international climate talks.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a "final" draft of the agreement would be translated and distributed Saturday afternoon.___12:25 p.m.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made an impassioned entreaty to world diplomats negotiating a potential accord to fight global warming."The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom," he said Saturday.He also said that: "The time has come to acknowledge that national interests are best served by acting in the international interest.""We have to do as science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us. We need all our hands on deck."He spoke as a new, potentially final draft of the accord was prepared, which would require all countries to take steps to reduce emissions and help each other cope with climate change.___12:05 p.m.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says a "final" draft of a global climate pact would be legally binding.Fabius also says the accord would aim to keep the rise in global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times to the end of this century and "endeavour to limit" them even farther, to 1.5 degrees Celsius.That was a key demand of small island nations and other poor and vulnerable countries.Fabius' comments came Saturday as delegates neared the end of two weeks of talks aimed at producing the first international pact asking all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.___11:35 a.m.A French official says a new draft climate accord to be presented to negotiators at U.N. talks on Saturday is about "20 pages."That would be about seven pages shorter than a previous draft, suggesting competing options have been deleted.The official spoke condition of anonymity because the draft had not been released yet.Anticipation was building in the conference centre outside Paris after two weeks of talks, culminating a four-year effort to produce the first international pact asking all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.By Angela Charlton at Le Bourget___9:20 a.m.Several environmental and human rights groups are planning protests around Paris on Saturday to call attention to populations threatened by man-made global warming and urge an end to human use of oil, gas and coal.The protests are timed to coincide with the end of two weeks of climate talks outside Paris. Organizers are hoping to reach a final international accord sometime Saturday.The last big climate protests in Paris, on the eve of the talks Nov. 29, ended in tear gas and more than 100 arrests as some activists defied a ban on demonstrations. The ban was linked to France's state of emergency, put in place because of Islamic extremist attacks a month ago.Organizers say their main demonstration Saturday, near the Eiffel Tower, has been authorized by Paris police.___8:00 a.m.French President Francois Hollande will join the Paris climate talks as delegates debate what organizers hope is the final draft of an unprecedented agreement among all countries to fight global warming together.Hollande's office says he will give a speech alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 11:30 a.m. (1030GMT) meeting to show "the importance of deciding and now adopting the draft text."French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has been leading plenary meetings at the two weeks of U.N. climate talks. Hollande's presence will give extra weight to Saturday's session.French officials say what they hope is the final draft has been completed and is being translated for discussion among delegates.___ 7:25 a.m.A French official says a new, possibly final draft of a landmark global deal to fight climate change has been completed after late-night negotiations and will be presented to world negotiators outside Paris within hours.The official said the text is being translated into other languages before being presented at a special meeting at the Paris climate talks at 11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT). The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named in discussing the negotiations, would not elaborate on the contents of the draft.Negotiators emerged from a late-night meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius with signs that a deal was getting close.The last draft accord, released Thursday night, did not resolve several key issues, including how rich and developing countries would share the burden in fighting global warming.— Angela Charlton, Le Bourget

With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels-By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis | Reuters – DEC 12,15-YAHOONEWS

PARIS (Reuters) - The global climate summit in Paris agreed a landmark accord on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming.After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperiled island states against rising economic powerhouses, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared the pact adopted to the standing applause and whistles of delegates from almost 200 nations."With a small hammer you can achieve great things," Fabius said as he gaveled the agreement, capping two weeks of tense negotiations at the summit on the outskirts of Paris.Hailed as the first truly global climate deal, committing both rich and poor nations to reining in rising emissions blamed for warming the planet, it sets out a sweeping long-term goal of eliminating net man-made greenhouse gas output this century."It is a victory for all of the planet and for future generations," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the U.S. negotiations in Paris."We have set a course here. The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet, a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path."It also creates a system to encourage nations to step up voluntary domestic efforts to curb emissions, and provides billions more dollars to help poor nations cope with the transition to a greener economy powered by renewable energy.Calling it "ambitious and balanced", Fabius said the accord would mark a "historic turning point" in efforts to avert the potentially disastrous consequences of an overheated planet.The final agreement was essentially unchanged from a draft unveiled earlier in the day, including a more ambitious objective of restraining the rise in temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a mark scientists fear could be a tipping point for the climate.Previously, the goal on temperature rise was set at 2 degrees Celsius in 2010.In some ways its success was assured before the summit began: 187 nations have submitted detailed national plans for how they will contain the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, commitments that are the core of the Paris deal.While leaving each country to pursue those measures on its own, the agreement finally sets a common vision and course of action after years of bickering over how to move forward.Officials hope a unified stance will be a powerful symbol for world citizens and a potent signal to the executives and investors they're counting on to spend trillions of dollars to replace coal-fired power with solar panels and windmills."This agreement establishes a clear path to decarbonize the global economy within the lifetimes of many people alive today," said Paul Polman, the CEO of consumer goods maker Unilever and a leading advocate for sustainable business practices.It will "drive real change in the real economy".- TOO MUCH, OR NOT ENOUGH?-While some climate change activists and U.S. Republicans will likely find fault with the accord - either for failing to take sufficiently drastic action, or for overreacting to an uncertain threat - many of the estimated 30,000 officials, academics and campaigners who set up camp on the outskirts of Paris say they see it as a long overdue turning point.Six years after the previous climate summit in Copenhagen ended in failure and acrimony, the Paris pact appears to have rebuilt much of the trust required for a concerted global effort to combat climate change, delegates say."Whereas we left Copenhagen scared of what comes next, we'll leave Paris inspired to keep fighting," said David Turnbull, Director at Oil Change International, a research and advocacy organization opposed to fossil fuel production.Most climate activists reacted positively, encouraged by long-term targets that were more ambitious than they expected, while warning it was only the first step of many."Today we celebrate, tomorrow we have to work," European Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.From the outset, some have criticized the deal for setting too low a bar for success. Scientists warn that the envisaged national emissions cuts will not be enough to keep warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the last major climate deal agreed in 1997, the Paris pact will also not be a fully legally binding treaty, something that would almost certainly fail to pass the U.S. Congress.In the United States, many Republicans will see the pact as a dangerous endeavor that threatens to trade economic prosperity for an uncertain if greener future.-DESTINIES BOUND-After talks that extended into early morning, the draft text showed how officials had resolved the stickiest points.In a win for vulnerable low-lying nations who had portrayed the summit as the last chance to avoid the existential threat of rising seas, nations would "pursue efforts" to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as they had hoped."Our head is above water," said Olai Uludong, ambassador on climate change for the Pacific island state of Palau.While scientists say pledges thus far could see global temperatures rise by as much as 3.7 degrees, the agreement also lays out a roadmap for checking up on progress. The first "stocktake" would occur in 2023, with further reviews every five years to steadily increase or "ratchet up" those measures.It softened that requirement for countries with longer-term plans extending to 2030, such as China, which had resisted revisiting its goal before then.And for the first time, the world has agreed on a longer-term aspiration for reaching a peak in greenhouse emissions "as soon as possible" and achieving a balance between output of manmade greenhouse gases and absorption - by forests or the oceans - by the second half of this century.It also requires rich nations to maintain a $100 billion a year funding pledge beyond 2020, and use that figure as a "floor" for further support agreed by 2025, providing greater financial security to developing nations as they wean themselves away from coal-fired power.(Reporting By Emmanuel Jarry, Bate Felix, Lesley Wroughton, Nina Chestney, Richard Valdmanis, Valerie Volcovici, Bruce Wallace and David Stanway; Editing by Jonathan Leff and Clelia Oziel)


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