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Bali climate talks enter final day

December 14, 2007

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

BALI, Indonesia – The U.S. and Europe headed toward a compromise Friday at the U.N. climate conference, breaking a deadlock over how ambitious the goal should be in negotiating future cutbacks in global warming gases, officials said.

Delegates for days had sparred over the wording of the conference’s main document, particularly the European Union‘s suggestion of a goal of reducing emissions by between 25 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

In this photo provided by  New York City's Mayor Bloomberg's ...
Al Gore and New York Mayor Bloomberg in Bali.

Trying to break the deadlock, Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar — the conference president — proposed revised language early Friday dropping those mid-range numbers but still reaffirming that emissions should be reduced at least by half by 2050.

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