Japan To Commit $16 Billion Global Warming Aid At UN Meet

Japan plans to commit $16 billion worth of global-warming aid at the U.N. climate-change conference opening in the Polish capital Warsaw on Monday.

The government says it will provide the funds over three years through 2015 to Pacific islands as well as Asian and African countries vulnerable to rise in sea level, Japan's NHK broadcaster reported on Thursday.

Japan is also considering funding measures against storm surges as well as supporting construction of thermal-power plants less harmful to the environment.

The Japanese proposal would cover about 40 percent of the $35 billion worth of aid developing countries are expected to seek at the Warsaw conference.

Japanese participants are also expected to announce at the conference the 2017 launch of a cutting-edge satellite to monitor greenhouse gasses emitted from developing countries, and to discuss a technology to produce synthetic fiber from carbon dioxide and water by 2030.

According to the public broadcaster, Japanese leaders are keen to offset international criticism of a planned downgrade of its carbon-emissions target. The country has been forced to rely on high-carbon forms of power with its 50-odd reactors remaining offline after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

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