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World leaders falling over themselves to show up at Copenhagen

If you’re a world leader and you won’t be in Copenhagen next week you might feel out of the loop. Currently 98 heads of state have agreed to attend the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen—nearly half of the 192 member nations of the UN.

“It gives me a strong feeling that we are on the right track,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen told a news conference today.

Invitations were sent out last month and the first count was 65 heads of state. But just last week the summit succeeded in committing arguably the two most important world leaders in terms of climate change to attend the summit: President of the United States, Barack Obama, and Premier of China, Wen Jiabao.

Even the Prince of Wales is showing to give a keynote speech during the summit’s second week. Prince Charles is known for his passionate advocacy for environmental stewardship, in particular his work on saving rainforests worldwide.

Although the summit hasn’t released a list, other confirmed leaders attending include Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown; President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though he may receive a less-than-warm welcome. After China and the US have stepped forward, Canada is now seen as possibly the biggest obstruction to a positive deal.

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