UN climate talks on Sunday approved a roadmap for a 2015 pact that for the first time will bring all major carbon emitters into a single legal accord.
The deal was reached after nearly 14 days of bruising talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Under it, 194 nations will seek an accord aimed at beefing up action against greenhouse gases blamed for damaging Earth’s delicate climate system.
Approved by 2015, it would be implemented from 2020.
Current measures to tackle carbon emissions are falling far short of the goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
According to research presented at the Durban talks, the world is on track for a 3.5 C (6.3 F) rise, spelling worsening droughts, floods, storms and rising sea levels for tens of millions of people.
Key components of the 2015 accord remain to be hammered out, and observers say the task will be arduous.
Thorny issues include the still-undefined legal status of the accord and apportioning cuts on emissions among rich and poor countries.
Don Trump Jr shamed for sucking up to his dad on Twitter: ‘Ivanka is still his favorite’
President Donald Trump retweeted about a half dozen posts early Wednesday from his wife and children, but not one particularly approval-seeking tweet from his namesake son.
The president's namesake son hyped his father's promotion of the "American Dream" late Tuesday, but Trump didn't include that one among several others posted by Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Melania Trump, as well as another touting son-in-law Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan.
"For the last 50 years our biggest net export has been The American Dream, but because of @realDonaldTrump we’ve brought that American Dream home, where it belongs," tweeted Donald Trump Jr. "He’s doing this for you, your children, and for your grandchildren. Let’s Keep America Great! #2020"
Child detention centers: Rachel Maddow trades tears for tenacity
Well, a lot has happened since MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down on the air about U.S. child detention camps. She got mad - and started getting even.
Maddow said on her June 24 show, "I mean, it`s impossible not to see. I mean, obviously, this is a national interest. This is something we will all have to answer for one day to our makers, right?"
Trump attacks his own Fed chairman in unhinged Fox interview: ‘Nobody ever heard of him before — I made him!’
President Donald Trump bitterly attacked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for refusing to cut interest rates during an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.
When asked about the state of the economy, Trump claimed that the economy is doing terrific but he said that Powell should nonetheless aggressively pump money into the economy via rate cuts.
"We should have [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi instead of our Fed person!" the president said. "We have a man who doesn't do anything for us!"
Bartiromo then noted that Powell has made a point of preserving the Federal Reserve's political independence by refusing to obey the president's orders to lower rates, but Trump replied that Powell should just do what he's told.