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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

UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)
UN convention on climate change hosted in Qatar
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)