Green groups urge climate fund to exclude fossil fuels after AP report

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Environmental groups are demanding stronger rules on climate finance to poor countries after an Associated Press report drew attention to Japan's funding of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting global warming.

On the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Lima, green groups Wednesday urged the recently launched Green Climate Fund to exclude money for fossil fuels.

Rich countries have pledged about $10 billion to the fund, which is meant to become a key source of finance to help developing countries counter climate change.

AP reported Monday that Japan included $1 billion in loans for new coal plants in Indonesia in the climate finance it reported to the U.N. in 2010-2012. Japan says those plants are cleaner than older coal plants, though they pollute more than other energy sources.