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Copenhagen talks start minus a key player.

No one at the Copenhagen climate talks is filling the role of the late Phil Clapp, director of the former National Environmental Trust and considered by some to be the most influential campaigner the United States offered.

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Farmers v greens.

America will not pass a cap-and-trade law in time for the global climate-change summit in Copenhagen next month. To understand why, it helps to ask a farmer. The biggest obstacle to a climate-change bill is rural America.

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Coal star state.

While America turns away from dirty energy, Texas could soon have 12 new coal-fired power plants. What gives? Coal’s comeback in Texas comes as at least 107 proposed coal-fired power plants have been scrapped nationwide since 2002.

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Stalemate in Copenhagen.

Around the world the story is the much same. Wherever nations have taken the first modest steps to stave off a looming environmental calamity for future generations, they’ve triggered a backlash from powers rooted in the economy of the past.

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Special Report: 'New' economy rolls forward.

The low-carbon economy has arrived on the prairie north of Denver. Vestas is building the West’s largest turbine factory, a $700 million investment in what Gov. Ritter calls a “new energy economy.” Some say these efforts – not the Copenhagen talks – provide the most promising solutions to climate change.

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Arab experts predict Mideast water wars.

There is a widely held fear in the Middle East that global warming, dwindling water resources and burgeoning populations will trigger wars over water in the not-too-distant future.

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Big profit from nature protection.

Money invested in protecting nature can bring huge financial returns, according to a major investigation into the costs and benefits of the natural world.

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CO2 and carbon sinks.

Carbon dioxide is the primary perpetrator of climate change, and most efforts to slow global warming go into preventing CO2 production and aiding CO2 absorption. But a new study suggests that the more CO2 we make, the more nature absorbs. So do we really need all those rainforests?

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What British business wants from Copenhagen.

Three weeks from now the world’s eyes will be on Copenhagen. Ministers from 192 countries—and 20,000 hangers-on—will converge on the Danish capital for what is billed as the most important event yet in the drive to fight climate change.

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World leaders agree to delay a deal on climate change.

President Obama and other world leaders have decided to put off the difficult task of reaching a climate change agreement at a global climate conference scheduled for next month.

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