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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed the acceptance of a final draft of an ambitious, global climate change agreement in Paris, calling it the “best chance” to save the planet.

“We came together around a strong agreement the world needed,” said Obama, speaking from the White House. “We met the moment.”

Obama added, “This agreement represents the best chance we have to save the one planet that we’ve got.”

The accord sets a goal of limiting average warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures — and of striving for a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) if possible.

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