BREAKING: Germany pledges $1 Billion to Climate Change Fund


mentalfloss
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Germany pledges $1bn to UN climate change fund

Aid group Oxfam has called on other rich nations to follow the example of Germany, which has promised €750m ($1bn) for the UN's fledgling Green Climate Fund.

"This announcement ends the deafening silence we've had so far around the empty Green Climate Fund that is supposed to support poor countries in the battle against climate change. Now others must follow suit," Oxfam Germany's Jan Kowalzig said.

"If rich countries such as the US, France, the UK, Japan and others manage to collect at least $15 billion in pledges ahead of the upcoming UN climate negotiations in Lima at the end of the year, this could give the talks a significant boost," he added in a statement.

The announcement by Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, where some 35 ministers from around the world are meeting to discuss international climate action, is the only large pledge of money for the Green Climate Fund so far.

The fund was agreed at UN climate talks in 2010 but has been hampered by wrangling over its design. Now its operating rules have been settled, it will hold a first pledging conference for potential donors in the second half of November, before the UN climate conference in Peru.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told Reuters earlier this month that Oslo will unveil its preliminary pledge for the fund - a "substantial contribution" - at a summit on climate change organised by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on 23 September.

The fund aims to help poor nations pursue clean development and adapt to climate change impacts, including more floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. It is regarded as a key part of the puzzle in securing a new global deal to tackle climate change due to be agreed in Paris in late 2015.

The fund so far has $55m, mainly for its own administration and to help countries plan to receive the climate finance it will distribute, including $10m from Seoul.

After a recent meeting in Oslo of senior officials from 24 developed and developing countries interested in contributing to the fund, Brende said the process of securing the fund's first capitalisation had "got off to a good start".

"Important progress was made in paving the way for pledges this year. I believe we are on the right track towards making the Fund a game changer in the response to climate change,” he said in a statement.

Developing nations say they want $15 billion in pledges from the rich this year to fund projects like solar power, geothermal energy or ensuring water supplies. The UN's top climate official, Christiana Figueres, has called for "at least an initial $10bn" for the Green Climate Fund.

The fund is expected to channel a large portion of the $100bn a year wealthy countries have promised to mobilise by 2020 to help vulnerable states adapt to climate change and pursue low-carbon growth.

Oxfam's Kowalzig said rich countries must ensure that money pledged to the Green Climate Fund contributes to rising overall levels of climate finance. At last November's UN climate talks in Warsaw, governments adopted a decision urging developed countries continuously to boost climate finance through to 2020, he noted.

"So far rich countries have failed to confirm that such increases are actually happening or (are) planned for the future," he said.

Wealthy governments have provided climate aid worth roughly $10bn a year since 2010, but there are fears that amount may be on the decline at a time of budget austerity.

Germany pledges $1bn to UN climate change fund | Environment | theguardian.com
 
B00Mer
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Locutus
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mentalfloss
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B00Mer
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broken



Eat your heart out ladies...

Blame it on Climate Change... or Blame Bush..
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mentalfloss
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taxslave
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Hopefully Harper is smarter than the Eurotrash.
 
mentalfloss
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Harper already contributes to the Alberta climate fund.

It's part of his free market strategy in Canada.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Harper already contributes to the Alberta climate fund.

It's part of his free market strategy in Canada.

Good. Then we can say we gave at the office. Not sure which is worse, giving to the UN leaches or giving to the Climate Change leaches. Looks like finally a way to do both at once.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Harper already contributes to the Alberta climate fund.

It's part of his free market strategy in Canada.

Still stupid but at least it is in Canada not sending money to some third world country to squander.
 
mentalfloss
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It costs more to support us lol
 
taxslave
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According to the new reddy walmart does not think Harper is smarter than the eurotrash. No faith in your hero wally?
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Good. Then we can say we gave at the office. Not sure which is worse, giving to the UN leaches or giving to the Climate Change leaches. Looks like finally a way to do both at once.


It doesn't count unless the UN gets to spend it and take out a healthy management fee.

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It costs more to support us lol


Link?
 
Locutus
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so germany jumped off a bridge then...cool story.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Link?

$1 does more there than it does here?
 
MHz
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So basically Germany paid Russia $1B on Ukraine's past gas debt and now the IMF will get it back from Kiev. That's gonna hurt.

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.... not sending money to some third world country to squander.

If we gave them fair market value for their raw materials and labor there wouldn't be any 3rd world countries.
 
petros
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We already pay into the UN scam.
 
MHz
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Are programs like this the UN version of the US Military and it's 'black budget'? I hate to think their vaccination programs are the way human trials are done in this 'advanced culture'. Oh wait, ....
If the opposite happens then global cooling is the changes we should be prepping for. Shorther growing seasons means a change in what is planted. Perhaps the Prairies will be known for their potatoes and rather than the oceans rising they will actually recede as they always have over the last 250M years. About 2500 ft if you are on the flats in Alberta and that is not taking the 400 variations that the coming and going of 10 or so ice-ages that happened in that time.

Germany is closing down nuclear power and going for solar as the replacement, that isn't a move by somebody who is unsure of what sort of climate changes are in-store for her. NG from Russian and points south should mean NG is what spins the turbines to supplement cloudy weather. The UN doesn't grow it's own money so any scam she is involved in originates outside of herself. Follow the money would point to who donates the most but that would be deceptive because the ones spending the most are also going int debt the fastest. All debt is held by banks that control things like the IMF, there isn't anything else needed to unravel the mystery about TPTB.
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taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

So basically Germany paid Russia $1B on Ukraine's past gas debt and now the IMF will get it back from Kiev. That's gonna hurt.


If we gave them fair market value for their raw materials and labor there wouldn't be any 3rd world countries.

Seems to me we have been paying world prices for oil for the past few decades. Look at how well the average person is doing in most of the oil producing countries.

Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

Are programs like this the UN version of the US Military and it's 'black budget'? I hate to think their vaccination programs are the way human trials are done in this 'advanced culture'. Oh wait, ....
If the opposite happens then global cooling is the changes we should be prepping for. Shorther growing seasons means a change in what is planted. Perhaps the Prairies will be known for their potatoes and rather than the oceans rising they will actually recede as they always have over the last 250M years. About 2500 ft if you are on the flats in Alberta and that is not taking the 400 variations that the coming and going of 10 or so ice-ages that happened in that time.
Germany is closing down nuclear power and going for solar as the replacement, that isn't a move by somebody who is unsure of what sort of climate changes are in-store for her. NG from Russian and points south should mean NG is what spins the turbines to supplement cloudy weather. The UN doesn't grow it's own money so any scam she is involved in originates outside of herself. Follow the money would point to who donates the most but that would be deceptive because the ones spending the most are also going int debt the fastest. All debt is held by banks that control things like the IMF, there isn't anything else needed to unravel the mystery about TPTB.

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Russia is not a dependable source of NG.
 
mentalfloss
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Ze Germans are coming! Yaaaaa

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captain morgan
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1 billion from the Germans is far more than the UN/IPCC needs.

Problem solved, can we drop this now?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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This is just Germany's way of celebrating their World Cup victory.

Don't worry about it, Blackleaf. It's a problem you'll never have to face.
 
Locutus
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Might as well jump. Jump!
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. Jump!
Go ahead, jump.
 
mentalfloss
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Loc's favourite song confirmed.
 
Dixie Cup
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And what, exactly is the UN going to do with the $1B?? Unfortunately, there will be those who'll fill their pockets and then demand more and the climate will still change - sigh - what a waste of money!


JMHO
 
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