DOHA, Qatar — As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.
Tim Gore of the British charity Oxfam said Sunday that developing countries, including island nations for whom the rise in sea levels poses an existential threat, stand before a “climate fiscal cliff.”
Existing commitments for climate aid expire this year, as does the only binding treaty to limit carbon emissions &mash; the Kyoto Protocol.
Negotiators in the Qatari capital of Doha will discuss renewing both, and will start work on a new global climate pact that is set to be adopted in 2015.
11 dead in bombing at army church
KADUNA — At least 11 people were killed and about 30 injured when twin car bombs hit a Protestant church in a major military establishment in north-central Nigeria, officials said Sunday, a month after a deadly church bombing in the same state.
A bus laden with explosives first rammed into St. Andrew Military Protestant Church in the military barracks in Jaji in Kaduna state at about noon, said the director of army public relations Brig. Gen. Bola Koleoso.
A Toyota Camry parked just outside the church exploded 10 minutes later, as people fled the first blast, he said.
Jaji is a symbolic target as it is home to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, one of the country’s most important military colleges, training Nigerian and foreign navy, air force and army officers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram previously has targeted Nigerian military institutions in the past.
The attack came two days after a special military task force announced that it would be giving a total of $1.8 million in rewards for information that could lead to the arrest of top Boko Haram members.
The twin blasts also came a month after another church was attacked in the city of Kaduna, about 25 miles away from Jaji.
19 bodies found in northern border state