U.S. sees as 'serious' problem

A clear but declining majority of Americans say climate change is a serious problem facing the United States in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with giant partisan disagreement on all aspects of the issue. The survey finds both support and skepticism for major efforts to reduce climate change. Sixty-three percent of Americans say climate change is a serious problem facing the country, slipping from 69 percent in June. Just over half say the issue is "very serious," also dipping by a similar amount.

Beijing smothered in smog

A day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Paris for the U.N. climate conference, his country's capital was smothered with some of its worst smog of the year. Levels of tiny particulates — known as PM 2.5 — topped 600 micrograms per cubic meter in Beijing by late afternoon, said the U.S. Embassy and other institutions. That's about 24 times higher than the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. The stench of soot hung over the city of 22 million, prompting some citizens to question the government's claims of working to clean up the air.

Netanyahu, Abbas shake hands

Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president met and shook hands for the first time in years. A photograph shows Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas shaking hands and smiling on the sidelines of global climate talks in Paris. U.S. mediated peace talks collapsed early 2014 and the two leaders haven't met in years. Their meeting came amid heightened tensions. Over the past 2 months, almost daily Palestinian attacks have killed 19 Israelis while at least 97 Palestinians have been killed.

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