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Diplomats Close In On New Climate Deal

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (right) and Peruvian Environment Minister and COP20 President, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participate in the first High-Level Segment plenary session of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP20), and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10), in Lima, on December 9, 2014. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)
U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (right) and Peruvian Environment Minister and COP20 President, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participate in the first High-Level Segment plenary session of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP20), and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10), in Lima, on December 9, 2014. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York Times reports that a potentially historic deal is in the works that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its planet-warming fossil fuel emissions.

The deal is being negotiated at the United Nations-led climate talks in Lima, Peru.

The BBC’s environment reporter Matt McGrath is there, and tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the elements of a deal could come together so an agreement can be signed at the talks in Paris next year.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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