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An unprecedented alliance of news publishers, including The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily, have announced they will allow other organizations to publish their climate change stories for free in an attempt to raise awareness in the run-up to the next United Nations climate summit.

The Guardian reports:

More than two dozen publishers from around the world – from the Sydney Morning Herald to India Today and the Seattle Times – have agreed to scrap licensing fees for climate change content so that members of the alliance can freely republish articles.

The initiative, called the Climate Publishers Network, aims to create a global pool of content to provide a resource for publishers to widen coverage ahead of the UN climate change summit in Paris in December.

The goal is to expand the network beyond its founding partners, brought together with help from the Global Editors Network, until the initiative disbands on the last day of the COP 21 summit on 11 December.

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, El Pais editor-in-chief Antonio Cano and Global Editors Network president Ricardo Kirschbaum said: “We very much hope that publications across the political spectrum will join us either in using some of our material or, ideally, offering their own material as well.”

It’s an astounding example of international cooperation from which anyone with global, humanitarian ambitions should take encouragement.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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