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Countries reach deal on emissions

September 01, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

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% to 40% of their 1990 levels by 2020. The targets are not binding, but they were seen as an important signal that industrialized nations are serious about slashing the amount of carbon dioxide and other dangerous gases.

Friday's agreement does not include the United States, which has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

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