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Hollande meets African leaders on climate needs

AP , Tuesday 1 Dec 2015
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French President Francois Hollande reads his notes as he attends "The Climate Challenge and African solutions" event during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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French President Francois Hollande is holding talks with African leaders about what their countries need to cope with and reduce global warming.

The meeting Tuesday is part of broader international diplomatic efforts toward a possible long-term accord for all countries to cut man-made carbon emissions. Those emissions produce heat-trapping gases and scientists say are causing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise and leading to more and more droughts and other extreme weather.

Hollande hosted President Barack Obama and 149 other world dignitaries Monday to kick off two weeks of U.N.-led climate talks outside Paris. The leaders agreed that something must be done to protect the planet for future generations, but now must overcome disagreements over who should shoulder the economic responsibility for cutting emissions and protecting countries already hit by climate change.

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