COP25 President Carolina Schmidt ended marathon UN climate talks in Madrid with agreement on some key points. But the most contentious issue between participating nations and protesters alike remains unresolved. After more than 2 weeks, and a speech by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, negotiators failed to deliver a firm agreement on how to handle carbon markets, where big emitters can ‘buy’ the right to pollute from countries that emit less than their ‘fair share.’ Delegates from almost 200 countries passed declarations calling for ambitious climate protection targets. But a decision on rules for regulating carbon emissions was postponed to next year.
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