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Poor Nations Demand Greater Voice at UN Climate Change Conference


Developing countries say a U.N. climate change report being drafted in Thailand should acknowledge that poor nations contribute little to global warming, but suffer its worst effects.

Delegates from poor nations attending the climate change conference in Bangkok this week also are demanding that rich countries share their cleaner energy-producing technologies.

A Sri Lankan delegate says some developing countries are forced to burn fossil fuels because they cannot afford to develop more environmentally friendly methods of generating power.

Scientists and experts from about 120 countries are negotiating the contents of the U.N. climate change report, which is expected to be released at the end of the conference on Friday.

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to call for the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy and reforestation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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