Norway PM: Funding carbon reduction efforts in poor nations will affect global deal

07 Jun 2010
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Gulfjellet, Bergen in Norway Efforts to adopt a cleaner energy policy across the world could be in jeopardy if measures to reduce carbon emissions in poorer nations are not properly funded.

This is the view of Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who said ensuring sufficient financing of measures to deal with climate change in less affluent nations could prove "decisive" when it comes to brokering a global agreement.

He said one idea is to force those who pollute the most to pay for the environmental consequences of their actions, Reuters reports.

Mr Stoltenberg stated that this money could go towards protecting rainforests, adopting renewable energy systems and implementing various energy-saving strategies.

He added that the money could also be used to "cope with the damage that climate change brings to many developing nations".

Mr Stoltenberg was speaking after he joined a UN group which looks at ways of funding measures to deal with climate change in the developing world.

He joined the panel after a seat was vacated by Gordon Brown, who resigned as prime minister on May 11th 2010 after the UK's general election resulted in a hung parliament.
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