In the first two weeks of December, more than 10,000 representatives of countries, NGOs and lobby groups will meet in Bali for the annual Conference of the Parties of the UN climate negotiation process. As in the course of 2007 public and media interest on climate change has reached an all-time high, the world is eagerly awaiting the decisions of the Bali conference. Politicians and researchers have already set the scene. The EU declared that it would strive for a 30% greenhouse gas reduction by the industrialised countries by 2020 and has agreed on far-reaching renewable energy and energy effi ciency targets to reduce its own emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Fourth Assessment Report with the statement that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
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