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Martin Horwood MP welcomes climate change commitment

July 4, 2011 8:32 PM

CHELTENHAM MP Martin Horwood has welcomed a strong commitment given recently by the government to focus at least half its international climate change commitment on helping the poorest people in the world adapt to climate change. In the Commons , Martin asked the government whether it would commit to putting a high proportion of climate finance into adaptation, in addition to mitigation measures. International development minister Alan Duncan MP responded with a promise that the government would spend 50% of UK climate change finance on adaptation.

Liberal Democrat Martin said: 'This is fantastic news. Mitigating climate change by carbon reductions in rich countries is obviously very important. But the impact of climate change is being felt right now by many of the poorest people in the world. The message from the world climate change talks in Cancun last year was clear: rich countries need to commit at least as much to adaptation as to mitigation.

'I welcome the government's commitment to the poorest countries that we are taking the issue of adaptation seriously and I hope that this will send a clear signal to other countries that they should do the same'.