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New Round of Climate Talks Opens in Germany

Some 2,000 delegates from around the globe have descended upon Bonn, Germany, to open a two-week conference on global warming.

The chimney stack belches smoke into the air from Eggborough coal fired Power Station, near Selby, England, Wednesday Jan. 10 2007.

The conference hopes to bring more countries into the Kyoto club

A fresh round of UN climate talks began in Bonn on Monday, June 2, aimed at building on the climate conference held in Bali in December last year.

Delegates from more than 150 countries and agencies are set to attend the two-week event, which is part of the process to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.

Aiming for US, China, India

The new agreement is intended to be passed in Copenhagen in December 2009, well before the Kyoto agreement expires in 2012. It aims to draw in not only the industrialized countries, but also major emerging countries like China and India, which were not bound to cut emissions under the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol.

A timetable for the negotiations leading up to Copenhagen was agreed in Bangkok at a UN conference in early April.

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