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U.N. to hold major summit on protecting world's oceans

The U.N. General Assembly this week formally decided it will hold a conference in 2017 on how to take better care of the world's oceans and seas.

Ninety-five countries co-sponsored the resolution to hold the conference, which was first proposed by the governments of Fiji and Sweden. It will be held June 5-9, 2017, in Fiji and is intended to help countries make progress toward the 14th of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

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U.S. climate envoy praises China and France for Paris deal

Nearly a week after world leaders in Paris struck a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Todd Stern, the United States' lead negotiator, is still getting standing ovations.

The lanky, bespectacled lawyer who has led the Obama administration's team at international climate negotiations for nearly seven years reflected on the build-up to the latest U.N. conference on climate change at the Brookings Institution yesterday.

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Al Gore sees 'excellent chance' of countries moving to stabilize climate change

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Vice President Al Gore thanked scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their critical role in assembling the landmark climate accord in Paris last week. The IPCC's contributions were not appropriately singled out during the Paris celebrations, he said.

"There is absolutely no way that the world community could have ever dreamed of developing this consensus without the incredible, tireless, volunteer, multiyear effort by the thousands of scientists who make up the IPCC," he said yesterday at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting.

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Republicans ignore global climate agreement, focus on terrorism

Republican candidates in a punchy debate held seven weeks before the first nominating votes in Iowa did not discuss the landmark climate agreement reached by nearly 190 nations four days ago in Paris.

It was the fifth debate, and the nine candidates focused almost exclusively on foreign policy following the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre that left 14 people dead earlier this month. CNN moderators did not ask any questions about the climate agreement during the two-hour program.

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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