Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP
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The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opened at the United Nations on Tuesday facing calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.No-shows from the leaders of China, the world's biggest polluter, and India, the number three carbon emitter, are casting a cloud over the event.In his address, Ban called for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and declared that by the end of the century the world must be carbon neutral.The summit talks are separate from the negotiations held under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will culminate with the Paris conference in December 2015 .The United Nations is seeking to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels, but scientists say current emission trends could hike temperatures to more than twice that level by century's end.
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