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G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides

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G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides
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08:04 CET+01:00
As the second week of negotiations at the climate conference in Copenhagen began on Monday, developing nations accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of blocking progress with stingy financial contributions.

Sudan's Lumumba di-Aping, spokesperson for the so-called G77 coalition of developing nations, told daily Frankfurter Rundschau that the European Union's contribution €2.4 billion per year was far too little.

“Mrs Merkel has two faces,” he said. “At home she is a great ecologist, but when it comes to money for climate change, she hits the brakes.”

Between €300 and €500 billion per year is needed to stop climate change, di-Aping said.

“The EU is throwing us bread crumbs,” he said, adding that Europe and the United State “spend far more money for the military than climate change” and financial crisis bail-outs.

Di-Aping also said that the current goals for emissions reductions are insufficient. In order to prevent the “death of Africa” through a significant temperature increase, industrial nations must reduce their emission by 65 percent from their 1990 levels by 2020, he said. Failing to do so would mean a 3.75 degree Celsius temperature increase on the continent.

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