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Fate of climate fund still up in the air after Kerry's Senate appearance

If a fight is brewing over President Obama's funding request to kick off his $3 billion promise to the Green Climate Fund, it's not happening in public. At least not yet.

At two separate Senate hearings yesterday, which could have been the first chance for lawmakers to publicly grill Secretary of State John Kerry on his climate change aid requests, not a single senator brought it up.

NATIONS:

U.N. climate science body launches search to replace a strong leader

Rajendra Pachauri has weathered multiple storms over his 13-year tenure at the helm of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations' science body on climate change. The one that led to his resignation yesterday was unexpected and characterized as "sad" by his colleagues.

The one that led to his resignation yesterday was unexpected and characterized as "sad" by his colleagues. A 29-year-old employee at a nonprofit Pachauri founded and led in New Delhi alleged this month that the scientist had sent her inappropriate emails and text messages, and allegedly sexually harassed her. Other women have come forward with similar complaints.

NEGOTIATIONS:

U.N. leaders urge nations to get serious about June meeting pivotal for climate deal

The United Nations threw its weight yesterday behind a high-level event set for June aimed at keeping the world's attention focused on the creation of a new global climate change agreement in Paris at the end of the year.

Speaking at a briefing yesterday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and President of the General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa called on nations to support the midyear session in New York as a way to maintain global momentum.

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