The negotiations at the UN Climate Conference in Paris are picking up the pace as Ministers begin this week to work on refining a shortened draft of the international agreement.
The high-level section of the negotiations comes after push from negotiators to settle on a draft by Saturday. Now ministers and national representatives take over, introducing a more political aspect to the negotiations.
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A key issue at this stage of the negotiations is the goal of how much warming parties should be trying to prevent. The the initial aim was set at trying limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, but a bloc of smaller nations are pushing to lower that to 1.5 degrees.
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