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New Round Of Climate Talks Kicks Off In Germany

A crop from a photo by Jenny E. Ross of a polar bear climbing a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in Russia. The photo won a prize at the 55th World Press Photo contest.
A new round of international talks on combating climate change has begun in the German city of Bonn.

Experts and diplomats from 170 countries are expected over the next 12 days to attempt to make progress in negotiations on the framework of a new global pact aimed at limiting output of the greenhouse-gas emissions blamed by some scientists for climate change.

Reports say expectations for a deal are low due to squabbling over the degree of responsibility each nation should bear for curbing emissions, as well as over Europe's recent imposition of a controversial carbon tax on international airlines.

The Bonn meeting comes amid jockeying between countries in advance of the December deadline to formally adopt an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, the currently in force global pact on climate change.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL