Bangkok Climate Change Talks and Japan Crisis

If you are interested in climate change, this should prove to be an interesting week. More than 1,500 participants from 173 countries representing government, business, environmental organizations and research institutions are meeting from April 3-8 in Bangkok, Thailand for a UN climate summit.

The summit will continue the work of the Cancun climate change meeting held late last year. One of the accomplishments of the Cancun conference was the establishment of a Climate Green Fund. The fund will initially provide $30 billion to developing countries to adapt to climate change. The fund is expected to reach $100 billion by 2020.

The Bangkok talks are one of three UN climate change meetings to be held this year. A key focus for this year's meetings will be crafting a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which is scheduled to expire next year.

Japan's nuclear crisis is expected to have an impact on the talks, as it is causing nations to reconsider energy policies and their commitments to greenhouse gas reductions. Japanese officials have indicated that the country will need to revisit its goals for cutting greenhouse gases as it attempts to deal with the current crisis.