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Climate Talks Hung Up on Aid Plans

The Philippines' head negotiator, Naderev Sano, demonstrates at the U.N. climate talks less than two weeks after a devastating typhoon struck his country. Some are saying countries like the Philippines should get better climate aid from wealthier nations. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Alex Brown
November 20, 2013

Developing countries are asking their industrialized counterparts for a better funding plan to help them lower emissions and bolster infrastructure to prepare for more-intense storms, Bloomberg reports.

Aid funding has become one of the biggest hang-ups at the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. Industrialized nations will increase their aid to $100 billion by 2020, but poorer countries say they need to provide a predictable, reliable payment schedule. 

"There is no other area where the expectation gap is so great [between rich and poor nations]," said Norwegian Chief Climate Negotiator Aslak Brun. "It's not likely that there will be a big increase in climate finance announced here in Warsaw."

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