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With the effects of climate change growing ever more apparent in the Arctic and throughout the world, there are high hopes that parties attending a December meeting in Paris will emerge with a legally binding global treaty to reduce emissions. And the road to such an agreement will cut right through downtown Anchorage.

Alaska's reputation in the public consciousness as a poster child for climate change, combined with U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, have helped give rise to the GLACIER conference. High-ranking foreign delegations from Italy to India will meet at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Alaska's largest city. 

The United States appears to be employing Alaska,...

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