UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar

Two-week conference comes amid reports warning that extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail
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Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and president of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, attends a press conference following the opening ceremony of the UN conference in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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United Nations Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres listens during a press conference after the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Qatar's deputy Prime minister and 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) president Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (L) shakes hands with South Africa's Foreign Minister and President of the 17th United Nations (UN) climate change conference, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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South African Foreign Minister and President of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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South African Foreign Minister and President of the 17th United Nations (UN) climate change conference, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, talks during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched a new round of talks in Doha to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched a new round of talks in Doha to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched a new round of talks in Doha to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. (AFP/Getty Images)
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United Nations Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Qatar's deputy Prime minister and 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) president Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. Nearly 200 world nations launched today a new round of talks to review commitments to cutting climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The two-week conference comes amid a welter of reports warning that extreme weather events like super storm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. (AFP/Getty Images)
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