U.N. Climate Talks in Qatar Begin

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, conference flags are displayed ahead of the Doha Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas rich Qatar for annual talks on curbing climate change, one of the main challenges will be raising hundreds of billions of dollars to help poor nations adapt to a warming world that may damage their health, agriculture and economies. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

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    Warming up, eh guys? Seventeen thousand delegates are expected to gather in the Qatari capital of Doha for the United Nations’ 18th climate change conference beginning Monday. The host country itself has recently come under criticism for its production of greenhouse gases, and the obligations faced by developed countries to reduce emissions will be a top priority at the conference. Some of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change have called for a greater commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, which would require leading greenhouse-gas producers to cut emissions.

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