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. 
National Journal
Alex Brown
Nov. 20, 2013, 2:07 a.m.

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.”