Global climate change meeting kicks off

A United Nations-backed climate change meeting–drawing 1,000 representatives from over 150 governments, business, environmental organizations and research institutions–kicked off in Vienna yesterday, in preparation for a global summit in Bali.

The summit, scheduled to take place from 3 to 14 December in Bali, Indonesia, aims to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.