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Reports of a climate deal … at least a first step

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U.S. President Barack Obama, fourth from left, is joined by other leaders, including Brazilian President Inacio Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, third from left, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, fifth from right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, fourth from right, in a multilateral meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There’s word from various news outlets, including The New York Times, of some sort of a deal in the Copenhagen climate talks:

The United States, China, India and South Africa have reached a “meaningful agreement” at the Copenhagen climate change conference, an Obama administration official said. 

“It’s not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change, but it’s an important first step,” the official said. “No country is entirely satisfied with each element, but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make progress.”

“Developed and developing countries have now agreed to listing their national actions and commitments, a finance mechanism, to set a mitigation target of two degrees celsius, and to provide information on the implementation of their actions through national communications, with provisions for international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines,” the official said.

AP is reporting that President Obama will be speaking about this soon, and that the video will be available here.

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