British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK will create a £ 1 billion ($ 1.25 billion) fund for scientists around the world to create and test new technologies to help developing countries to reduce carbon emissions.
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Johnson will call for greater global action to address what he will describe as the twin threats of climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
Reuters Newsagency reports that it also announced a £ 220 million fund to help save endangered animals such as the black rhino, the African elephant, the snow leopard and the Sumatran tiger.
The Ayrton Fund, named for British physicist and suffragette Hertha Ayrton, will consist of aid money for British and foreign scientists and engineers to develop new clean energy technologies in partnership with developing countries.
"If we get it right, future generations will see climate change as a problem that we solved through determined global action and the prowess of technology," Johnson said in a statement ahead of his visit to New York.
“This innovative use of aid money benefits us all and shows how we can use our aid budget to tackle climate change.
"The Ayrton Fund will support scientists and our world's leading technology industry, reducing emissions in the poorest countries with the help of our local talent."
The money is intended to help developing countries reduce emissions through measures such as the use of solar technology, the improvement of large-scale battery technology to replace diesel generators, the design of clean stoves to reduce the use of firewood, the use of electric and low-emission vehicles and the reduction of emissions from polluting factories Industries such as iron and steel.
Reuters reports that the £ 220 million biodiversity fund will also invest in projects to combat the illegal wildlife trade by strengthening law enforcement, training rangers against poaching and helping communities find ways. alternatives to earn a living.
"We can't just sit back and watch priceless endangered species being wiped off the face of the earth by our own carelessness and criminality," Johnson said.
"We are stepping up UK efforts with a new action plan to save the natural world, and I would like to see leaders in New York this week commit to doing the same."
Britain will also commit nearly £ 40 million to protect and preserve the world's forests.