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Brown sees climate deal as possible, but Danish official says hope slim

This photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a pod of narwhals from northern Canada on Aug. 19, 2005. Although the polar bear has become an icon of global warming vulnerability, a new study found an Arctic mammal that may be even more at risk: the narwhal. The study found the whale with the long tusk ranked just ahead of the polar bear and nine other animals. (AP Photo/NOAA, Kristin Laidre) ** NO SALES **

This photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a pod of narwhals from northern Canada on Aug. 19, 2005. Although the polar bear has become an icon of global warming vulnerability, a new study found an Arctic mammal that may be even more at risk: the narwhal. The study found the whale with the long tusk ranked just ahead of the polar bear and nine other animals. (AP Photo/NOAA, Kristin Laidre) ** NO SALES **

COPENHAGEN (AP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he believes leaders at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen can still reach an agreement.

But the meeting's Danish hosts are not so optimistic. One official says hope is running out, because negotiations between rich and poor countries are deadlocked.

The official says the Danish hosts of the U.N. conference have not given up hope but at the moment it looks as though they will not get the deal they hoped for. The official is not authorized to speak publicly about the talks and asked not to be named.

Meanwhile, Germany's chancellor is calling on the U.S. to cut back even more on emissions of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gasses. Before leaving for climate talks in Copenhagen, Angela Merkel told parliament the current U.S. offer of a 4 percent cut "is not ambitious enough."

The EU has pledged a 20 percent cut that could increase to a 30 percent cut if other nations also make far-reaching pledges.


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