A group of delegates from less developed nations has walked out of climate talks in Warsaw to protest a push by industrialized countries to delay talks on compensation for extreme weather events. (Photo showing damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan by Nove foto da Firenze, Creative Commons, Flickr.)

11/20/2013 5:47:55 PM

Walk out in Warsaw

With Super Typhoon Haiyan fresh on the minds of developing nations, representatives from a group of 132 poorer countries walked out of climate talks in Warsaw to protest a push by industrialized nations to delay "loss and damage" discussions until the 2015 climate talks in Paris. The less developed countries want the biggest greenhouse gas polluters to help defray some of the costs of extreme weather events in nations with small carbon footprints.

The U.S., E.U., Australia, and Canada are among those hoping to delay the discussion, with an EU representative stating that automatic compensation isn't feasible.

Democracy Now! reports that even as "delegates to the climate summit debate over how to meet a pledge to provide $100 billion a year in climate aid by 2020, critics note industrialized countries spend more than five times as much money on subsidizing the fossil fuel industry as they do on helping poorer countries adapt to global warming."

For details on the walk out, visit Democracy Now! and The Guardian.

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