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The famous Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain (center) are big tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. But the upcoming Rio+20 conference, billed as a "historic opportunity" to build a greener future, appears to be headed for failure. President Obama won't be there, the leaders of Britain and Germany have bowed out and entire delegations have canceled. (Associated Press)

The famous Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain (center) are big tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. But the upcoming Rio+20 conference, billed as a "historic opportunity" to build a greener future, appears to be headed for failure. President Obama won't be there, the leaders of Britain and Germany have bowed out and entire delegations have canceled. (Associated Press)

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