Rich Nations Break Climate Vow to Poor

$1.2B pledge to developing countries is mostly forgotten
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2007 7:45 PM CST
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Wang Tangming, left, and his wife carry buckets of water as they walk through their dry paddy field at Wangzhai Village of Zhanggang town in Changle...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Several of the world's richest nations have forgotten about a $1.2 billion pledge to help developed countries cope with climate change, the Guardian reports. The group has doled out less than $185 million so far to help them plan for global warming, defend against floods, and boost conservation. "This represents a broken promise on a massive scale and on quite a cynical scale as well," said one analyst.

Another expert blames the climate debate itself, which focuses on emissions—especially in China, India, and the US. "The impact of climate change on poor countries, and the responsibilities of rich countries to help them, gets much less attention," he said. The group Christian Aid has says that global warming is already devastating poor nations around the world.