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U.N. urges climate cash boost for poorest

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Nations and aid groups are pushing for an urgent increase in international funding to help the world’s poorest countries cope with climate change, even as the global credit crunch strains rich nations’ budgets.

Aid experts say tens of billions of dollars are needed to prepare for more extreme weather and other effects of global warming like rising seas. The issue will be on the agenda at 190-nation climate talks starting on Monday in Poznan, Poland.

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told Reuters governments should put more emphasis on adaptation to climate change in international negotiations, which focused mainly on cutting greenhouse gas emissions until a year ago.

… Adaptation includes measures like building flood defenses and houses on higher ground, putting in place warning systems, planting coastal vegetation and growing different crops.


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