"Internal Stresses Begin to Crack the Bloc of Developing Nations at Climate Talks"
"COPENHAGEN -- Developing countries have formed a powerful interest bloc in climate talks over the years, fighting collectively for the rights of poor nations. That's starting to fall apart. Like any diverse set of countries, the G-77 -- which is actually a grouping of about 130 nations -- juggles competing interests. Some, like Mali, are among the poorest countries on Earth. Others, like China, enjoy annual average growth rates of more than 9 percent. Oil interests compete with agriculture needs; fears of sea level rise compete with the need for fast money to help avert crop disasters. All of them, though, suffer from vast poverty, and most are among the most vulnerable to climate change." Lisa Friedman reports for ClimateWire Dec. 17, 2009.