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Indian Premier calls for steps to tackle global warming

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 12, 2007


The Sunday Times Online (Header Logo)

Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister)

Manmohan Singh gestures
as he attends the first meeting of
the Prime Minister’s Council
on Climate Change in New Delhi, 12 July 2007

NEW DELHI, Saturday (AFP) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked policymakers to come up with a detailed national plan by November to tackle the effects of global warming, his office said today. Singh asked the members of his Council on Climate Change — which held its first meeting in New Delhi on Friday — to prepare a comprehensive roadmap for energy efficiency and sustainable development.

“Our government plans to undertake a major afforestation programme called Green India for greening six million hectares (15 million hectares) of degraded forest land,” the prime minister told the meeting. Singh said it would be one of the largest such afforestation drives in the world. India, which contributes around four percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the world’s top polluters.

But it has resisted growing international pressure to make commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions. India, along with China, is not included for targeted emission cuts under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the only global agreement that sets specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Kyoto deal requires industrialised countries to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5.2 percent by a target of 2008-2012 compared with their 1990 levels.

Premier Singh said India would be badly hit because of its dependence on monsoon rains for farming and the Himalayan snow-fed rivers and the country’s large coastline.“Our food security comes largely from irrigated areas of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh whose rivers are fed by glacier melting in the Himalayas,”Singh told the panel.

Singh said the challenge for India was to address climate change along with removing widespread poverty. India says stricter emission limits on India would slow its booming economy and damage its efforts to lift millions out of poverty.

(Source: 07/12/2007 | The Sunday Times Online (AFP))

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