UN climate leaders scramble after Chile unrest cancels talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chile’s decision to pull out as host of a United Nations climate conference leaves organizers scrambling for a second time to find a venue for the global climate strategy session.

The annual U.N. conference has become the go-to place for governments to coordinate climate change efforts. Brazil was the summit’s original host but canceled last year after election of a right-wing president. Chile called off its plans Wednesday amid street protests. The cancellation comes a little more than a month before the conference was to start.

Experts describe this year’s summit as important for fine-tuning rules. That’s before a big 2020 summit where organizers will push countries to increase commitments on cutting fossil fuel emissions.

The U.N. says it’s seeking last-minute alternatives.

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