Barack Obama will announce at a UN summit Tuesday that he will sign an executive order to ensure that US funds going abroad to poorer nations go to fight global warming.
The executive order also will have the US handing out science and technology tools to poorer nations in order to fight it.
More than 120 world leaders will be attending the summit in a show of support for a climate change treaty that will be finalized next year in Paris. The UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon, wants leaders to come with specific pledges to reduce global warming to the summit.
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Nigel Purvis, a climate negotiator for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, said: “It’s very clear to the international community that the president is extending considerable political capital at home in order to implement his climate plan, and that’s true. The hope is that when we take action, others will do so as well.”
Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $15 million to a World Bank program designed to increase funding for projects that reduce methane pollution.
The UN hopes that the new treaty to be signed in Paris will be stronger than the Copenhagen Treaty in 2009.
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Tens of thousands of activists, including big-name actors and former Vice President Al Gore, demonstrated in New York City this weekend, hoping that political leaders will feel more pressured to take action against global warming.
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