POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- The top U.N. climate official says a conference of nearly 190 countries has agreed on a set of goals to be included in a new climate treaty in 2009 along with a plan to reach them in the next 12 months.
Yvo de Boer says those goals include fixing specific targets for reducing carbon emissions by 2020, the need to raise large-scale funds to help poor countries, and a decision on how those funds will be transferred.
A key committee Wednesday cited scientific studies saying industrial countries must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent from 1990 levels within a dozen years. But the committee did not actually adopt that target, and the issue was left for later talks.
Activists say they are disappointed with the outcome.
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