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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has urged this week's U.N.
climate change conference in South Africa to craft a responsible and credible deal to cut greenhouse gases that takes into account the needs of the poor.
Government ministers from more than 100 countries are expected
to attend the final sessions of the two-week conference. The immediate focus is the pending expiration of the Kyoto Protocol,
the 1997 agreement requiring 37 industrialized countries to slash
carbon emissions to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
Benedict said Sunday he hoped the international community would
"agree on a responsible and credible response to this worrisome
and complex phenomenon, taking into account the needs of the
poorest and future generations."
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says all nations must fight global warming, because "We have only one home."
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