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US defends ‘enormous’ climate efforts at UN talks

DOHA, Qatar — Anticipating an onslaught of criticism from poor nations, the United States claimed ‘‘enormous’’ strides in reducing greenhouse emissions at the opening of UN climate talks Monday, despite failing to join other industrialized nations in committing to binding cuts.

The US approach underscores one of the major showdowns expected at the two-week conference as China pushes developed countries to take an even greater role in tackling global warming.

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