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Obama Offers Climate Change Help       09/23 06:23

   President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations 
struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world 
converge for a major summit on climate change.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for 
other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from 
around the world converge for a major summit on climate change.

   Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign 
an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into 
account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House 
said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to 
address the effects of climate change through science and technology.

   The measures join a host of commitments Obama will announce at the summit, 
where more than 120 world leaders will gather on the sidelines of the U.N. 
General Assembly to galvanize support for a global climate treaty to be 
finalized next year in Paris. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the summit's 
host, is expecting leaders to come with specific pledges in hand to mitigate 
climate change, as a way to show they're serious about ambitious emissions 
reductions in the treaty.

   Obama's goals at the summit: to convince other nations that the U.S. is 
doing its part to curb greenhouse gases, and make the case that other major 
polluters should step up, too.

   "It's very clear to the international community that the president is 
extending considerable political capital at home in order to implement his 
climate plan, and that's true," said Nigel Purvis, a U.S. climate negotiator in 
the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. "The hope is that when we take 
action, others will do so as well."

   The White House wouldn't elaborate on the commitments Obama will announce 
Tuesday. But his senior counselor and climate adviser, John Podesta, said last 
week the U.S. would offer tangible contributions such as American technology to 
help poorer communities deal with food security, sea level rise and other 
negative effects of climate change.

   The one-day climate summit isn't formally part of the ongoing negotiations 
toward the climate treaty, which leaders hope will be more muscular than a 
lackluster agreement reached in Copenhagen in 2009. The idea is that by 
involving heads of state early, rather than leaving it to negotiators until the 
very end, prospects will improve for reaching a strong deal.

   In another attempt to increase political pressure on leaders to take action, 
tens of thousands of activists, including prominent actors and former Vice 
President Al Gore, demonstrated in New York on Sunday.


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