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Bruce Stokes: Asia's pivotal role at the Paris climate talks

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A flag for the U.N. climate change conference is seen at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sept. 10.   © Reuters

Negotiators are gathering in Paris in the first two weeks of December to try to craft an international accord on climate change. A similar United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen six years ago ended in discord, with no binding deal. This year, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, individuals around the world overwhelmingly say they are concerned about global warming. A median of nearly 8 in 10 people surveyed across 40 nations say they would support their governments signing an agreement to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.     

     Asian nations -- China, India and Japan -- are now three of the top five annual emitters of carbon dioxide, which represents the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. So, Asian public opinion about climate change could make the difference between success or a stalemate in Paris.

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