By Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington, Fiona Harvey and John Vidal in Paris

The vow boosts a parallel initiative by global business leaders including Mark Zuckerberg and Ratan Tata

The US and 18 other countries have pledged to double funds for clean energy research to a total of $20bn over five years, boosting a parallel initiative by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and increasing the prospects for successful agreement at the Paris climate negotiations that start on Monday.

The countries, which include the UK, Canada, China, Brazil, India and South Africa, span the biggest global economies and major emitters, oil and gas producers, and leaders in clean energy research, the White House said.

Via: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/30/major-powers-pledge-20bn-for-green-energy-research