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Sep 22, 2009 8:11 AM by Associated Press

UN confronts climate change

A day before world leaders start talking politics at the U.N. General Assembly, they'll confront global climate change. The U.N. climate chief says China may be leapfrogging ahead of the United States on legislation to address climate change.

As the U.N. opens a one-day climate summit today, Yvo de Boer says China and India are announcing ambitious plans to address the question. The United States has long said greenhouse gas emission cuts here would pale next to increases from the world's rapidly developing economies.

De Boer says the focus on climate change makes this the right time to get a new worldwide agreement to combat it. He also says dealing with climate change doesn't have to be costly in the long run.




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