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World leaders begin push for climate deal at critical talks in Paris

World leaders gathered in Paris on Monday as a critical UN climate conference aimed at forging a deal to limit potentially catastrophic global warming got underway.

Heads of 147 state and government — including the leaders of the world worst polluters, such as the U.S. and China — are in the French capital for the start of COP21 two weeks of intense negotiations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

French President Francois Hollande opened the summit by urging delegates to agree a strong, binding treaty. Just weeks after attacks in Paris left 130 people dead he linked global warming with the potential for further bloodshed.

Johan Viirok

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