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Al Gore wades into Australia bushfire debate

Environmental activist Al Gore has likened Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's insistence that wildfires are not linked to climate change to the tobacco industry claiming smoking does not cause lung cancer. The former US vice president and Nobel laureate was commenting after Abbott this week dismissed UN climate chief Christiana Figueres' assertion that there was "absolutely" a connection between wildfires and rising temperatures.

Gore says tough U.S. network competition forced sale of Current TV

* Former vice president proud of channel, didn't see only as investment * Gore touts Al Jazeera's climate coverage * He praises Obama's pledge to address environment By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Al Gore said on Tuesday that tough competition from major U.S. television networks forced him to sell Current TV, a struggling progressive cable channel, to Al Jazeera, and he praised the Arabic news broadcaster's coverage of climate change.
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