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Agreement reached at UN climate talks

September 1, 2007

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— Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

A weeklong U.N. climate conference concluded that industrialized countries should strive to cut emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020. Experts said that target would serve as a loose guide for a major international climate summit to be held in December in Bali, Indonesia.

Delegates worked into Friday evening to overcome resistance from several countries - including Canada, Japan and Russia - that had held up negotiations because they preferred a more open approach rather than setting emissions targets.

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