'Historic' deal to tackle climate change agreed at UN talks in Paris


A "historic" deal to tackle climate change has been agreed by 195 countries at United Nations talks in Paris.

The international agreement was gavelled through more than 24 hours after the official end of the fortnight-long conference in the French capital, following days and nights of shuttle diplomacy and wrangling between countries.

The decision was greeted with huge cheers, tears and hugging and a standing ovation in the hall, as well as cheers, clapping and shouts in the media room and among campaigners in the other halls.

The deal is the world's first comprehensive climate agreement, which will see all countries taking action to tackle the problem.