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'Everything Is At Stake' as World Gathers for Climate Talks

This combination of 2020-2021 photos shows a burning tree in Sequoia National Forest, Calif.; Nathan Fabre, whose home and boat were destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Lafitte, La.; and the cracked, dry bottom of the Cerro Lagoon during an extended drought in Limpio, Paraguay. Climate change is fueling heat waves, flooding, drought and nastier tropical cyclones. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, John Locher, Jorge Saenz)
This combination of 2020-2021 photos shows a burning tree in Sequoia National Forest, Calif.; Nathan Fabre, whose home and boat were destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Lafitte, La.; and the cracked, dry bottom of the Cerro Lagoon during an extended drought in Limpio, Paraguay. Climate change is fueling heat waves, flooding, drought and nastier tropical cyclones. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, John Locher, Jorge Saenz)
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(AP) -- More than one world leader says humanity’s future, even survival, hangs in the balance when international officials meet in Scotland to try to accelerate efforts to curb climate change. Temperatures, tempers and hyperbole have all ratcheted up ahead of the U.N. summit.

And the risk of failure looms large for all participants at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, which begins Sunday and runs until Nov. 12.