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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting held on the sidelines of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)MoreCloseclosemore
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting held on the sidelines of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Leaders from around the world pledged their determination to slow down climate change, as the 21st UN Climate Change Conference, or COP21, kicks off in Paris.

The climate talks comes at a time when China and India are facing their worst smog problems in history and the world is seeing the effects of climate change on national security.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaders of the world's two largest contributors of greenhouse gasses, met on the sidelines of the talks today to discuss efforts to combat climate change.

NPR international correspondent Eleanor Beardsley joins Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan to talk about what world leaders need to accomplish by the end of this summit.

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This segment aired on November 30, 2015.

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