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Javadekar says India is not responsible for climate change

By Livemint

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on climate change isn’t an overnight phenomenon, it takes 100 years for a change and India is in no way responsible for this climate change.

He said, “Historically the USA has 25% of all emissions, Europe has 22% whereas China has 13% and India, only 3%. We are in no way responsible for this climate change.”

But as a responsible participant in world affairs, the country chose to take part in combating climate change. “Our emission intensity was to be reduced by 33-35% as per the Paris Climate Agreement. We achieved 21% of this and aim to achieve the remainder in 10 years.” The environment minister said this while addressing the media on the eve of five years of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

On the eve of #5YearsOfParisAgreement addressing the Press on how India is walking its talk on #ClimateChange https://t.co/fXwBzeDtFY

— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) December 11, 2020
On December 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the global climate summit on its fifth anniversary.

Five years after the Paris Agreement was signed, most governments are lagging far behind in implementing the deal. Annual greenhouse gas emissions hit a new high last year. And climate change impacts are intensifying, from the thawing Arctic to raging wildfires in Australia and the U.S. West.

“Emissions are not being reduced at the rate that science says we need,” said Alden Meyer, a longtime veteran of the U.N. talks and an analyst for the E3G climate change think-tank.

The Paris Agreement aims to hold the rise in average global temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, and preferably 1.5C — a threshold beyond which climate impacts are projected to sharply intensify.

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