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UN global warming summit gets mixed reviews

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The one-day United Nations summit on global warming Tuesday is getting mixed reviews, from the UN chief praising the progress made to commentators criticizing the biggest polluters – the United States and China – for each waiting on the other to act first.

About 100 heads of state attended the gathering, where they presented proposals and concerns about how to reduce carbon emissions.

The meeting was aimed at unclogging near deadlock over a global pact on cutting emissions. It came just three months ahead of another international summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where nations will try to set new carbon reduction targets to replace those set by the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commended participants at the meeting, and said it had put the world one step closer to completing a deal in December, the BBC reported.

President Barack Obama acknowledged during his speech at the summit that the US as well as other developed nations “have a responsibility to lead” in cutting carbon emissions, though he also emphasized that rapidly developing nations, such as China and India, must do their part, too, the Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday.

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