Nations seek billions to fight climate changeCanada
Officials from about 45 countries met on Thursday to seek ways to raise billions of dollars in aid to help the poor combat climate change as the United Nations warned them of a long haul to slow global warming.
Environment ministers and senior officials in Geneva were reviewing whether rich nations, hit by austerity cuts, are keeping a promise of $30 billion in "new and additional" climate aid for 2010-12 made at the UN's Copenhagen summit.
"The funds are critical" to build trust between rich and poor damaged in Copenhagen, said Christiana Figueres, the UN's climate chief. She said cash could be a key to unlock progress on other climate problems at the next meeting of environment ministers in Cancun in November. But she predicted there would be no new global treaty to combat climate change in Cancun, even though she said that extreme weather such as floods in Pakistan were "warning bells."
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