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Many hurdles to Paris deal on climate change

Almost 200 nations will meet in Paris from 30 November to 11 December for a summit on climate change.

Almost 200 nations will meet, seeking a turning point away from an increasing reliance on fossil fuels.

OSLO - Almost 200 nations will meet in Paris from 30 November to 11 December for a summit on climate change, seeking a turning point away from an increasing reliance on fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution.

Following are among the hurdles to a United Nations accord that will map out action by rich and poor nations beyond 2020 to curb greenhouse gas emissions blamed for warming the planet.

FINANCE

Developed nations promised in 2009 to mobilise $100 billion a year by 2020, from both public and private sources, to help developing nations limit their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to more floods, heat waves and rising sea levels.

The main group of more than 130 developing nations wants ever higher figures beyond 2020. The United States, the European Union and other rich nations do not want to guarantee higher figures.

There are many uncertainties about how to count the money. Developing nations question estimates by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development that climate finance reached $62 billion in 2014.

Hosts France said in a 19 November note that many countries favour the phrase "global transformation towards low-emission and climate resilient societies" to signal the long-term shift from fossil fuels towards greener energy.

LOSS AND DAMAGE

Developing nations want a long-term mechanism to help them cope with loss and damage from disasters such as typhoons or the impacts of a creeping rise of sea level rise.

All governments agreed to set up a loss and damage mechanism in 2013 but it has yet to do any substantial work and is up for review in 2016. France's note said nations want it included in the Paris deal.

LEGAL FORCE

All nations agreed in 2011 that the Paris deal will have some form of "legal force". They left open about whether that meant a treaty under international law or a looser deal anchored in each nation's domestic laws.

Many developing nations and the European Union favour a binding treaty, or protocol. But the United States and China, among those reluctant to sign up for international oversight, prefer an accord based on domestic laws and regulations.