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Climate deal keeps UN talks on track but lacks cuts in emissions scientists say are needed now
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) ' The hard-fought deal at a global climate conference in South Africa keeps talks alive but doesn't address the core problem: The world's biggest carbon polluters aren't willing to cut emissions of greenhouse gases enough to stave off dangerous levels of global warming.
With many scientists saying time is running out, a bigger part of the solution may have to come from the rise of climate-friendly technologies.
Sunday's deal extends by five years the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement that has binding emissions targets for some industrial countries but not the world's biggest carbon polluters, China and the United States. Scientists say more reductions are needed before 2020, but the Durban talks produced no new committments to cut emissions.