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U.S. role in $10B climate fund remains up in the air as key meeting starts

The Green Climate Fund board meets this week to discuss how to ensure that $10 billion in promised funding will actually materialize, even as Republicans in the United States vow that the climate fund will never see American dollars.

While the fund's fate does not hinge entirely on the United States -- President Obama promised $3 billion over four years, about a third of the total pledges -- the international community is closely watching the administration's ability to make good on its promise. Delivering the dollars, several experts said, is seen as key to securing a global climate change accord in Paris this December.


Climate change has a multibillion-dollar impact on China's development, says the country's top weather expert

HONG KONG -- China's top weather official today issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures have become not only an environmental problem but also a development problem for the world's most populous nation.

In an op-ed published by state-owned newspaper People's Daily, Zheng Guoguang, chief of the China Meteorological Administration, said that his country is warming almost twice as fast than the global average, having experienced an increase in surface temperatures of 0.23 degree Celsius each decade since the mid-20th century.


Top U.S. negotiator heads to China as countries flesh out emission pledges

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern is returning to Beijing for another set of bilateral climate talks with the Chinese government, the State Department announced yesterday.

The U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group will be led by Stern and Vice Chairman Zhang Yong of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission. China's former longtime lead climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, retired earlier this year.


GOP to Vanuatu: Cyclone Pam was not climate change

The Category 5 tropical cyclone that all but destroyed the capital island of Vanuatu this weekend had nothing to do with climate change, Republican lawmakers declared yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of hearings examining a $22.3 billion funding request from the U.S. Agency for International Development, several GOP lawmakers warned that they would not approve the $348.5 million the agency is seeking for climate change assistance or President Obama's pledge of $3 billion over four years to the international Green Climate Fund.


Heavy storm damage to small island nation will affect Paris talks, diplomats say

The mounting death toll and devastation in Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam smashed the Pacific island nation this weekend have heightened calls for a global climate change compensation fund.

From the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, small island leaders said yesterday that the losses in Vanuatu -- with 24 confirmed dead and more than 3,300 people displaced, according to the United Nations -- hit home for them, as well.

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