BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Poor countries at a U.N. conference are
demanding billions of dollars before they sign on to a global
Island nations in the Caribbean and South Pacific tell a
week-long global warming conference in Bangkok they lack the funds
to build sea walls or relocate villagers facing increased threats
such as floods, rising tides and cyclone activity linked to climate
Rich countries insist they are willing to help, but they remain
at odds on whether the assistance should be voluntary as favored by
the U.S. or raised through a the trading of pollution permits as
proposed by European nations.
Representatives from 163 countries are using the conference to
launch a 21-month process to formulate a new climate change
agreement. It would replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in
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