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Some 200 countries have overcome political differences on Saturday to agree on the rules for implementing a landmark global climate agreement, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.
After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice, countries finally agreed to agree on a more detailed framework for the Paris agreement of 2015 aimed at reducing average global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
"It is not easy to reach a specific and technical agreement in this way," said Michel Cortica, the Polish president of the talks in a speech to delegates, "through which you took thousands of small steps forward together.According to Reuters.
After announcing an agreement, the ministers joined him on the podium, grinned and laughed, signaling their relief after the long talks.
Before the start of the talks, many expected the agreement not to be as strong as required. The unity that supported the Paris talks and US President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw his country from the deal has been shattered.
The troubled ministers, however, have managed to overcome a series of differences to produce a 156-page handbook on how to report to states and monitor their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and update emission plans.
But some countries and green groups have criticized the text of the eight-page resolution framework for not urging it to increase emissions cuts enough to curb global warming.