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Global firms seek climate deal

Tesco Metro store
Tesco is one of the firms backing the climate change campaign

A group of more than 500 international companies has urged the United Nations to agree a strong new climate deal to help combat global warming.

The group called for "immediate and deep" cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, as world leaders meet at the UN in New York for climate change talks.

The companies are members of the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change.

They include Tesco, German insurer Allianz and oil giant Shell.

In December, the UN will meet for a climate summit in Copenhagen.

"These are difficult and challenging times for the international business community and a poor outcome from... Copenhagen will only make them more so," the group's statement said.

"If a sufficiently ambitious, effective and globally equitable deal can be agreed, it will... deliver the economic signals that companies need if they are to invest billions of dollars in low carbon products, services, technologies and infrastructure."

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