Obama: ‘Meaningful breakthrough’ reached at talks


COPENHAGEN (AP) — President Barack Obama said the United States and four other countries, including China, reached a “meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough” Friday on a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions after a frenzied day of diplomacy at the U.N. climate talks.

The agreement involving the U.S., China, India, South Africa and Brazil requires each country to list the actions they will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts, a senior Obama administration official said. The official described the deal on the condition of anonymity because details had not been announced.

The deal reiterates a goal set earlier this year on long-term emissions cuts and provides a mechanism to be help poor countries prepare for climate change.

Obama spent the final scheduled day of the climate talks meeting with world leaders, including Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in a bid to salvage the global warming accord amid deep divisions between rich and poor nations.