After weeks of deliberation, a deal was reached in Copenhagen to combat global climate change Friday, but leaders recognized that it is only a first step and falls short of some expectations, according to the New York Times.
President Obama said,"It is going to be very hard, and it's going to take some time" to get to a legally binding treaty.
The agreement drops a goal of having a legally-bound treaty by 2010. This leaves the future specifics of the plan undecided.
A final deal reached by the 193 nations involved is likely to have a $100 billion long-term financing arrangement and a deal for all countries to keep their temperature rise no more than 2 degress Celsius, according to the Toronto Star.