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New pledges by G7 leaders on climate change and biodiversity loss will boost efforts to strike a global pact to protect nature, but an October deadline is likely to be missed without in-person talks, officials and observers said Tuesday.

Nearly 200 countries are expected to agree to the text of a new global treaty to safeguard the planet’s plants, animals and ecosystems at a U.N. summit from Oct. 11 to Oct. 24 in China, which has already been delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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