"UN Climate Chief Urges Avoiding Blame Over Summit"

"AMSTERDAM -- The top U.N. climate official said Wednesday that though the Copenhagen global warming summit went sour, countries should avoid blaming each other and get down to work on a better deal next year.

Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. climate change secretariat, also said it could take months before poor countries begin receiving billions of dollars in emergency funds to adapt to climate change and begin controlling their emissions of greenhouse gases.

A $30 billion fund over the next three years, scaling up to $100 billion a year by 2020, was a key element of the deal brokered by President Barack Obama with the leaders of China and other major developing countries at the 193-nation conference that ended last weekend.

But the brief Copenhagen Accord was vague about how the 2010-2012 money would be raised or handled, specifying only that it comes from 'new and additional resources' rather than existing aid packages."

Arthur Max reports for the Associated Press December 23, 2009.

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Source: AP, 12/24/2009