World Leaders Begin Climate Talks In Paris, Vow To Overcome Divisions On Carbon Emissions, Financing

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Can Paris climate deal end funding drought to help the poor cope?
“African governments will push hard at U.N. climate talks over the next two weeks to right what they see as a global wrong that is now becoming starker: a drought of financial support to help the people who are bearing the brunt of a warming planet. … [M]oney to help vulnerable people cope with climate pressures has not been forthcoming from international donors in anything like the amounts experts say are needed…” (Rowling, 11/27).

Wall Street Journal: World Leaders in Paris Vow to Overcome Divisions on Climate Change
“World leaders on Monday vowed to finish a deal to curb greenhouse gases and overcome a thorny divide on financing, as they kicked off international climate talks against a backdrop of heavy security. … Developing countries want their highly industrialized peers to make good on pledges to mobilize $100 billion a year in public and private climate financing from 2020 onward. Some officials have warned they won’t support a deal in Paris that doesn’t deliver high levels of funding. Any agreement would require the consent of nearly 200 countries…” (Horobin/Mauldin, 11/30).

Washington Post: Obama urges world action on climate change: No nation ‘immune’ to global warming
“President Obama joined leaders from 150 nations on Monday in pledging action against climate change, kicking off a historic two-week gathering that Obama called a ‘turning point’ in the battle against one of humanity’s gravest threats. … U.S. officials formally announced the formation of a 20-nation initiative to spur funding on energy research, in tandem with a similar undertaking led by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and 27 of the world’s wealthiest private investors…” (Mufson/Warrick, 11/30).

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