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A selection of images connected to the opening of the international climate-change summit in Copenhagen

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A girl walks on a creek covered with rubber scraps in Mumbai November 23, 2009. The biggest climate talks in history opened on December 7, 2009 with a stark U.N. warning of the risk of desertification and rising seas and an assurance by hosts Denmark that a deal to combat climate change was "within reach".

ARKO DATTA

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Workers build a house near the chimneys of the Kosova A power plant, the biggest polluter in the country, near Kosovo's capital Pristina, December 7, 2009. The biggest climate meeting in history, with 15,000 participants from 192 nations, begins in Copenhagen on Monday seeking to agree curbs on greenhouse gas emissions and raise billions of dollars for the poor in aid and clean technology.

HAZIR REKA

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A woman touches a melting ice sculpture of a polar bear on December 6, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Politicians and environmentalists will meet for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 which opens on December 7 and runs until December 18.

Miguel Villagran/2009 Getty Images

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An Oxfam campaigner stages a simulated flood situation to highlight the impact of climate change on vunerable and developping countries, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenagen on December 7, 2009. A planetary-wide conference on tackling climate change opened on December 7, 2009 to appeals for action to ward off the threat of hunger, flood, storms and homelessness hanging over the generations of tomorrow.

AINHOA GOMA

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Greenpeace activists prepare actions in a Greenpeace's camp set up on the little island of Refshaleoeen, on December 7, 2009 in Copenhagen. At least 110 leaders have said they will attend a December 18 summit set to cap historic UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

JENS ASTRUP/Scanpix Danmark

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A man sits beneath an advertisement outside a fast food restaurant in Copenhagen on December 7, 2009. The Danish capital is hosting a two-week conference to discuss emissions targets and financial measures to combat climate change. About 100 world leaders are to attend the meeting, which is intended to supplant the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

ADRIAN DENNIS

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