UN, NGO and General News Round-Up

Developing nations urged rich nations at UN climate talks this week to raise aid despite the financial crisis to help the poor cope with global warming and safeguard tropical forests. The UN's top climate official said the Dec.1-12 meeting of 10,700 delegates had started well as the half-way point in negotiations to agree a new climate treaty by the end of 2009 in Copenhagen. Developing nations say they will need billions of dollars to help them combat warming and adapt to changes such as droughts, floods, more powerful cyclones and rising seas. Rich nations say they will help, but have made few pledges.

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