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The White House reaffirmed Monday that a climate change conference in Paris will move forward as planned, although French officials say the event will be scaled back significantly after Friday night's terrorist attacks in the city.

President Obama and several foreign leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting Monday in Turkey said they intend to reach a deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when they convene Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris.

The climate talks are a key priority for the president, with reaching a deal on global emissions reductions a top issue going into 2016. Many scientists blame greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels for rising global temperatures, resulting in drought, floods and famine.

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