All smiles in Montreal as UN Climate Change Conference closes deals
10 Dec 2005
Saturday 10th - 11.15am GMT (6.15 am in Montreal).
The Montreal talks have just ended in agreement to launch new, open-ended world talks on ways to fight global warming, including the United States which had resisted taking part.
Ministers at the U.N. meeting in Montreal said the deal would "explore and analyze strategic approaches for long-term cooperative action to address climate change." The plan sets no timetables nor targets.
A few minutes earlier, nations in the narrower Kyoto Protocol agreed to begin talks on extending the pact beyond a first phase lasting until 2012. The United States pulled out in 2001 from Kyoto, which obliges about 40 rich nations to cut industrial emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.