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Nations again try to bridge rich-poor climate gap

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - The disconnect between rich and poor nations on fighting global warming could be on display as 193 nations begin a two-week conference in Mexico today.

Evidence is mounting that the Earth's climate already is changing in ways that will affect both sides of the wealth divide.

Despite the absence of a general treaty, the U.N. conference hopes to clear the way to mobilize billions of dollars for developing countries. A goal is to give them green technology to help them shift from fossil fuels affecting climate change.

Eighty-five countries have made specific pledges to reduce pollution or control growth but those promises amount to far less than required to keep temperatures from rising to potentially dangerous levels.

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