Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

Parts of a global climate agreement being hammered out in Paris should be legally binding, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. The declaration was a boost to climate negotiators seeking a tough accord and a challenge to Republican senators, many of whom don't believe that global warming is real.

Whether or not to make the climate accord legally binding is a major sticking point at the two-week talks in Paris, which aim to get all countries to agree to cut emissions that scientists say are warming the Earth and are increasing extreme weather such as droughts and floods.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a36bc811285a45d3b66070ffc81534bb/climate-talks-get-down-tough-business-compromise

Nick Knupffer

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