India rejects greenhouse gas limits
INDIA: India said it would reject proposals to limit
greenhouse gas emissions at a summit meeting of the worldâ€™s leading
economies next month because stricter limits would slow its booming
â€śLegally mandated measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are
likely to have significant adverse impacts on GDP growth of developing
countries, including India,â€ť environment ministry secretary Pradipto
â€śThis in turn will have serious implications for our poverty
alleviation programmes,â€ť he said. â€śLegal mandates on greenhouse gas
mitigation in any form will impact our growth, and this is not the path
we wish to pursue.â€ť
Summit host Germany has called for a statement limiting worldwide
temperature rise this century to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees
Celsius) and cuts to global greenhouse emissions to 50 percent below
1990 levels by 2050.
But chances of a consensus seem remote with the United States
rejecting the idea of mandatory emissions targets, as well as language
calling for G8 nations to raise energy efficiency.
Global debate on climate change has acquired a new urgency as the
Kyoto Protocol, the only global agreement that sets specific targets for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expires at the end of 2012.
Talks on renewing the deal are under way, with the next round
scheduled to take place in Indonesia in December.
New Delhi, Tuesday, AFP.