Al Gore Suspends 24-Hour Climate Concert Event in Wake of Paris Attacks

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, former Vice President Al Gore suspended a 24-hour climate change webcast, based in the city, which started on Friday.

The webcast, called 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth, started at 9 a.m. PT and was scheduled to end at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Gore anchored from a studio set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, but went live to express his condolences.

“Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth,” he said. “Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured.”

Among those who performed during the webcast were Duran Duran, who performed just outside the Eiffel Tower at about 6:30 p.m. Paris time. The band returned to London later in the evening. “All safe,” they posted on Twitter.

The 24-hour webcast was set to feature artists, entertainers and climate experts as a prelude to the upcoming Nov. 30 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Others scheduled on the bill included Bon Jovi, Elton John and Pharrell Williams.

“Pray for Paris,” Williams posted on Twitter.

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