World Bank hikes aid to poor nations fighting global warming

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is boosting spending by 50 percent to help poorer countries battle global warming and power 150 million homes with renewable energy.

The bank released a 59-page climate action plan Thursday designed to help less developed nations meet global warming goals they set last December in Paris. The international financial organization plans to increase its $2.3 billion-a-year spending on climate change to $3.5 billion a year by 2020. Officials hope to spur $13 billion a year in similar private investments.

The bank also plans to help developing countries add 30 gigawatts of electricity to power 150 million homes without emissions of heat-trapping gases.

"We're making climate change a central part of everything we're doing," said John Roome, the bank's senior director for climate change.