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Busby: On the Bali Climate Change Conference

Interviewee: Joshua W. Busby
Interviewer: Toni Johnson
November 30, 2007

Negotiators from nearly two hundred nations meet in Bali to discuss a framework for new policies on combating climate change. Joshua Busby, a professor at the University of Texas and climate politics expert, says the Bali conference will address avoided deforestation and adaptation funding for the developing world. On deforestation, Busby contends arguments are expected to ensue on how money will be distributed and whether there will be a market-based system or a single international fund. On adaptation, Busby notes, climate change will have a disproportionate impact on the developing world “but the amount spent on adaptation and risk reduction is pitifully low.” He argues that Bali conference also will likely include a “contentious debate” on a new adaptation fund and how it will be administered.

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