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Nations look for ways to adapt to new climatic reality at U.N. conference




Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Thursday. A major sticking point remains over how to divide greenhouse emissions targets.
Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Thursday. A major sticking point remains over how to divide greenhouse emissions targets.
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There's still no deal on climate change today in Lima, Peru. That's where nations from around the world were gathered for a U.N. conference that had aimed to come to an agreement by the last hour.

But with little consensus on what that would look like, the can has been kicked to tomorrow to approve a draft text of a deal. Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned speech to negotiators, saying the world was on a course leading to tragedy and calling on citizens around the world to take action. 

But longstanding divisions between wealthy countries and their poorer counterparts have stalled the process. Developed countries are pushing to see developing economies like China held to the same standards as countries like the U.S.

On the table: ways to slow down the environmental impact of fossil fuels and how to adjust to the new climatic reality. Joining us to talk about what came out of the climate change talks is Helen Mountford. She's the Global Programme Director for the New Climate Economy Project.