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UN Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A U.N. panel has found global warming
"could stall and then reverse human development'' in the world's
poorest nations.

A new report commissioned by the U.N. Development program says
rich nations need to shell out 86 billion dollars by 2015 to help
the poor adapt to global warming. The panel recommends the U.S.
foot nearly half that bill.

According to U.N. officials, climate change could lead to
consequences such as African women walking further to collect water
and people forced to erect bamboo flood shelters in India.

The report says "environmental stress is holding back the
efforts of the world's poor to build a better life.''

The document comes a week before world leaders are slated to
meet to negotiate a new climate treaty.


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