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Even Coal-Mining Giants Now Want a Climate-Change Deal This Year

  • BHP, Rio Tinto, Alcoa, Shell backing UN greenhouse-gas deal
  • The 14 companies have `real skin in the game': climate group

Calling for action on climate change is as trendy as it gets for corporations these days. But the latest businesses to declare support for a global deal on greenhouse gases may turn some heads.

The 14 companies that issued a joint statement Wednesday endorsing international negotiations include leaders from some of the world’s most carbon-intensive industries: coal miners BHP Billiton Plc and Rio Tinto Plc; oil majors Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc; aluminum producer Alcoa Inc.; and the planet’s biggest cement-maker, LarfargeHolcim Ltd