With the next global climate change summit only two weeks away, last year’s commitment to provide “easy” money to developing countries to help them adapt to the effects of climate change has been slow in coming, a study has showed. 

Research published on Wednesday by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development showed that funding pledges made since the Copenhagen meeting in December are far from balanced. 

The IIED’s findings show very little has been earmarked for projects that would enable developing nations to adapt to the impact of climate change on agriculture, infrastructure, health and livelihoods. 

At last year’s summit in Copenhagen, developed nations agreed to provide more resources amounting to about $30 billion over the 2010 to 2012 period, with a balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. 

Read more: Climate Funds for Developing Nations in Short Supply



Rocks that suck carbon dioxide out of the air could be key in the fight against climate change, say scientists.

While addressing a conference at the Royal Society in London this week, Tim Kruger of Oxford Geoengineering, a networking organisation in the UK, said that "enhanced weathering" could in theory remove as much CO2 from the atmosphere as we want - although the practical challenges are enormous.

Read more: Rock-burning, sea-zapping geoengineering may help fight climate change



HCM CITY — Viet Nam is one of only two countries or territories globally where climate change is the people's top concern, according to a survey by HSBC.

The results of HSBC's fourth annual Climate Confidence Monitor revealed that climate change, economic stability and terrorism ranked together as the top three concerns globally. In Hong Kong and Viet Nam, people surveyed said climate change was their number one concern.

This is the first time that Viet Nam took part in the survey. One in three Vietnamese polled said they were aware of climate change and its effect on their daily life and 43 per cent thought it was among the biggest issues that they were concerned about.

Read more: Survey puts climate change atop nation's most pressing concerns


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