U.N. kicks off Bali climate conference

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Delegates and scientists from around the
world are gathered for the biggest-ever climate conference.
The meeting in Indonesia is aimed at building a new
international pact by 2009 to combat global warming.
Some 10,000 conferees, activists and journalists from nearly 190
countries are on the resort island of Bali for two weeks of
U.N.-led talks that follow a series of scientific reports this
year.
Those reports concluded that the world has the technology to
slow global warming, but must act immediately.
The immediate aim of the Bali conference will be to launch
negotiations toward a pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it
expires at the end of 2012, and set an agenda for the talks and a
deadline. The U.N. says such an agreement should be concluded by
2009 in order to have a system in place in time.


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