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Bali hosting global warming talks NUSA DUA - Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Delegates from over 180 countries will attempt to kickoff talks during the meeting which is held from 3 to 14 December. It should eventually replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. The delegates will also consider whether cuts in carbon emissions should be mandatory or voluntary. Tackling deforestation, ways to help poor countries which are expected to be hard hit by worsening droughts, floods and violent storms are also issues to be discussed.

"There is a very clear signal from the scientific community that we need to act on this issue," said Yvo de Boer, the general secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. "We have to turn the trend of global emissions in the next 10 to 15 years ... The political answer has to come now."

The Kyoto Protocol, which was signed ten years ago, required 36 industrial countries to reduce their carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gasses emitted by power plants and industrial, agricultural and transportation sources. At that time, a relatively small target was set for 2012, namely 5 percent below the emissions of that in 1990. A new agreement should be reached within two years to give countries time to ratify it to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted transition period.


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