11 Dec 2009 11:12:05
US asked to double climate change funding
The US has come under fire from poorer countries to increase the cash pot set aside to tackle the effects of climate change.
Chief negotiator of the China and the G77 group of nations, Lumumba di-Aping, called on US representatives to double the funding currently offered to the cause to £120 billion, the Telegraph reported.
Mr di-Aping told the newspaper: "The American Congress has to be asked: you approve billions of dollars in defence budgets. Can't you approve $200 billion to save the world?"
He added: "We ask President Obama and the US to go into the Kyoto Protocol, because the world cannot achieve an equitable and a just deal that would save the planet without the participation of the US."
The calls come as US president Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr Obama is set to make a personal appearance at the Copenhagen climate change conference next week.
World leaders will continue to meet in the Danish capital until the talks conclude on December 18th.http://tinyurl.com/yafepyx