U.N. Climate Change Conference: Things Are Getting Worse

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When delegates from about 180 countries begin meeting tomorrow at a major global energy conference, they'll be met with a sobering bit of news: The world's greenhouse gas emissions are hitting record highs and global warming continues to rise.

The new report issued today by the International Energy Agency indicating high fossil fuel emissions is just one of several studies expected to be released this week at the session in Bonn, Germany. This week's meeting, dubbed a "framework convention," is in advance of the annual United Nations conference on global warming, which will be held at the end of the year in South Africa.

A major goal of the conference is to secure $100 billion in annual funding for the Green Climate Fund, designed to help countries follow through on their pledges to reduce carbon emissions.