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International summit just a first step on climate change
International summit just a first step on climate change

 As President Obama and more than 100 other heads of state gather Tuesday in New York to spotlight the severity of global warming and the need to act on it, the scene will be more pep rally than policy negotiation. The meeting is a launchpad for the work of crafting an international agreement that could reduce emissions enough to mute the predicted painful blows of climate change. Negotiators aim to adopt an agreement in Paris next year. "The stakes are extremely high," said Selwin Hart, director of the U.N. secretary-general's Climate Change Support Team. "The science is demanding bold action be taken by all parties." That won't happen in New York....

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