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Ahead of G20, climate change deadlock kicks up a flurry of proposals

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Several world leaders sounded off on climate change Monday, three months ahead of talks in Copenhagen seen as a make-or-break moment for getting a global deal on reducing carbon emissions.

Australia mooted a compromise plan that would take some heat off emerging economies such as China. Britain’s Gordon Brown warned that talks currently faced an impasse. And reports said Japan too would unveil its own initiative.

The climate change hubbub comes ahead of a special United Nations summit Tuesday, and a series of meetings later in the week between United States President Barack Obama and foreign counterparts on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn. One goal of those talks will be to find common ground for a global deal on cutting emissions.


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