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Climate Deal May Need Company Lobbying, Figueres Says

Success at climate-change talks in Mexico may depend on companies such as Siemens AG and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. prodding governments into action, said Christiana Figueres, the United Nations climate chief.

Companies should lobby governments to recognize the business opportunities that arise from curbing global warming, Figueres today told a group that tracks carbon emissions by the world’s largest companies. Helping developing countries deliver more energy with fewer warming gases represents a “huge opportunity,” she said at a conference in New York.