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UN climate negotiators sought on Dec. 10 to break deadlock on the launch of a new fund in 2009 to help poor nations adapt to more floods, droughts and rising seas. Reuters reported the 189-nation talks split between rich and poor nations about controlling planned payouts under the Adaptation Fund, which could grow to about USD 300 million a year by 2012 to help developing nations cope with global warming. Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, said about 100 ministers who will arrive on Dec. 11 for the final two days of the Dec. 1-12 meeting were likely to have to resolve the deadlock among their senior negotiators.

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