U.N. conference adopts plan to negotiate global warming pact in

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- After a lot of anguished debate, the U.N.
climate conference has adopted a plan it hopes will point the way
to a new international agreement on how to combat global warming.
Negotiations on that accord are to be completed by 2009
Saturday's compromise came after two weeks of talks in Bali,
Indonesia. The conference had been scheduled to end Friday but it
took marathon talks overnight to resolve disputes that had
threatened to wreck the conference.
First, the European Union and the U.S. compromised on specific
emissions-cutting goals objected to by Washington.
Then there was a hangup over the demand by developing nations,
including China and India, for incentives and other help in
reversing their growing emissions problems. That issue was resolved
when the U.S. delegation suddenly dropped its objections.
That won the Americans a round of applause after two weeks of
considerable criticism.


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