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Qatar Climate-Change Negotiations May Spur Gulf Effort, NGO Says

Climate-change talks due to be held in Qatar, the first of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to host the annual event, may spur Middle East nations to boost environmental efforts, the Climate Action Network said.

"The Doha meeting is a huge opportunity for the region, and I'm optimistic that Qatar will take steps in the right direction," said Wael Hmaidan, head of the umbrella group for campaigners including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

Qatar, the largest emitter of carbon dioxide per head, may set targets to cut emissions and pay into a fund for emission- reduction programs and defenses against the effects of climate change "to show leadership," Hmaidan said today in Bonn. The Middle Eastern country is "very eager" to make the two weeks of ministerial meetings from Nov. 26 a success, he said.

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