Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Than 110 Nations Back Copenhagen Climate Deal

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OSLO - More than 110 nations including top greenhouse gas emitters led by China and the United States back the non-binding Copenhagen Accord for combating climate change, according to a first formal U.N. list on Wednesday. The list, of countries from Albania to Zambia, helps end weeks of uncertainty about support for the deal, agreed at an acrimonious summit in the Danish capital in December. The list was compiled by the the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat. The accord, falling short of a binding treaty sought by many nations, sets a goal of limiting global warming to below 3.6 Fahrenheit. But it does not spell out what each nation has to do. It also promises almost $10 billion a year in aid for poor nations from 2010-12, rising to at least $100 billion from 2020 to help them slow emissions growth and cope with impacts such as floods, droughts and rising sea levels.

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