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India's Climate Change 'High Ground' Eroding

China and India are among the world's fastest growing economies whose GHG emissions are outpacing their national incomes. Photo of boy working in light bulb factory courtesy of Fayetteville State University.

Published: 17-Dec-2005

NEW DELHI , Dec 16 (IPS) - After welcoming the Montreal Action Plan on climate control, adopted last weekend at a landmark meeting, India is now dithering over commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is the world's fifth biggest producer of GHGs.

At the Montreal conference held under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), India, like China and Brazil, managed to avoid being pinned down to specific targets for emission cuts.

Under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol too, all ├┤developing countries" were exempted from emission-cut quotas. But 36 industrialised countries had committed themselves to reducing GHG emissions by 5.2 percent (on 1990 levels) by 2008-2012. They have now agreed to negotiate further cuts beyond 2012.

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