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EU, US Agree to Meet Next Year on Global Warming

The UN Climate conference has concluded in Buenos Aires with the United States and the European Union reaching a compromise agreement regarding climate meetings next year.

Officials at the conference say the two sides agreed to meet in May for what has been described as an "informal exchange of information" regarding climate change.

Observers in Buenos Aires say the Unites States and the European Union had clashed during the two-week conference over how future climate talks should be conducted.

EU members had called a series of "seminars" next year to discuss ways to address global warming after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. U.S. officials argued such talks are premature.

The Bush administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, saying it would be too costly.

The Kyoto Protocol calls for industrialized countries to lower emissions produced by industry, automobiles, and power plants. Greenhouse gases are often blamed for global warming.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.