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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Monday's Connector of the Day: Bryan Adams

November 26th, 2009
07:06 PM ET

Gravel-voiced Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has been entertaining crowds for nearly 30 years. 

In recent years Bryan Adams has been snapping as much as rocking.

In recent years Bryan Adams has been snapping as much as rocking.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, has 21 top ten hits to his name, and has achieved a number one record in 40 countries .“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – the theme to the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – stayed at the top of the charts for a phenomenal 16 consecutive weeks in the UK singles charts.

When Adams recently got wind of Disney's intention to use his hit “Summer of 69” in their new comedy “Old Dogs” he called them up to thank them, and in doing so, ended up agreeing to write an original song “You’ve been a Friend to Me” for the movie’s soundtrack.

Adams is also a highly skilled and prolific photographer – having been art director on many fashion shoots and has taken photos of everyone from Mick Jagger to Queen Elizabeth II.

Adams uses the money he raises through photography to fund charitable projects. "The Bryan Adams Foundation" works to provide education opportunities for children worldwide.

Post your questions to the rock legend, photographer and philanthropist here and we’ll put a selection to him on Monday’s show.

U.S. and China boost to climate talks

November 26th, 2009
02:33 PM ET

Yesterday, officials in Washington announced that President Obama will be attending the climate conference in Copenhagen next month. The U.S. also showed its hand on what it would pledge at the December talks – 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 – which amounts to a drop of three percent below 1990 levels. 

China have followed the U.S. is stating their targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

China have followed the U.S. is stating their targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Today it was China's turn to state their position. It was reported by China’s official Xinhua agency that Premier Wen Jiabao will commit China to cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each unit of national income by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared to 2005 levels.

The news comes a day after the U.N.’s top climate official, Yvo de Boer announced that all countries must state in “black and white” what their emissions cuts will be.

With the world’s two biggest carbon polluters committing to cuts and their leaders attending the climate conference does this improve the chances of a deal being finalized next month? Or are the cuts too little too late? And what other climate measures would you like the U.S. and Chinese governments to commit to? Send us your comments.


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