India struggling with international pressure on pollution

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India has again said that Europe, China and America will have to bear the cost of their efforts to stop the rising temperature of the earth. India has held these three powers responsible for ruining the climate in the last century.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during a conference in New Delhi on Wednesday 15 April that India will not pay the price of the severe pollution that America, China and Europe have spread in the last century. 

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India is known as one of the world’s fastest growing economies and the world’s largest producer of carbon.

India is the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world due to its heavy dependence on coal, but has set ambitious targets to reduce this emission. 

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Also, India is repeatedly making other big countries realize their responsibilities. John Kerry, the special ambassador of the US President who came to India a few days ago, also asked India to work harder in gestures on climate change.

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jan-Eve Ludria during a debate in New Delhi, without naming India, said that the world will have to stop making electricity from coal. 

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Javadekar, however, sarcastically said that India would not take any step “under pressure from other countries”. India has already complained that the financial assistance promised to India in the previous summits organized on environment has not been given yet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with 40 world leaders will participate in another climate summit on April 22-23. The conference is being organized by US President Joe Biden. A few months later in November, the United Nations Climate Conference is to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Citing the US, Europe and China in New Delhi, Javadekar said, “They have emitted the result of which the world is suffering today.

India is suffering the punishment of others. We will not let anyone forget this.” In India, 70 percent of electricity is produced from coal and the country has set an ambitious target of increasing renewable energy.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in February that India’s 50 percent increase in carbon emissions by 2040 would go ahead and it would make a potentially imminent decline in emissions in Europe in the same period. 

According to the IEA, $ 1,400 billion would be needed to bring India on the “sustainable path” in the next 20 years. This is 70 per cent more than what the current policies of India allow.

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