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Angela Merkel Says Fight Against Climate Change ‘Matter of Survival’

  • Climate activists and opponents cling to irreconcilable views
  • Merkel tells Davos audience Europe faces a “decade of action”
Angela Merkel delivers a speech in Davos, on Jan. 23.
Angela Merkel delivers a speech in Davos, on Jan. 23.Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she’s worried about the growing conflict between young campaigners for a cleaner planet and those who reject global warming.

Their stances have become “irreconcilable” and led to a gap in dialog just when nations need collective actionon climate change, Merkel said Thursday in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.