UN supports India and China in lesser responsibility for reducing emissions

November 28th, 2007 - 4:28 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 28 (ANI): A report by the UN Development Programme has recommended that countries like India and China should reduce their emissions by only 20 per cent by 2050, while the rich industrialized countries ought to have a cut of 80 per cent.
This new report will further strengthen India and China’s case for avoiding the adoption of stringent targets on emissions and to be spared the full burden of fighting global warming.
These countries have long argued that rich nations should carry more responsibility for the climate because most of the stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere came from the growth of their industries.
But the White House made it clear at international meetings on climate change in September that it would not sign up to any agreement that did not include China and the other developing nations going through rapid industrialisation.
According to the UNDP report, the world needs to spend about 1.6 per cent of gross domestic product each year until 2030 in order to prevent emissions rising to dangerous levels.
“For this, developed countries should aim to cut their emissions by 30 per cent by 2020,” the report said.
“If the rich countries can cut emissions by 80 per cent, we have a 50:50 chance of limiting temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which scientists say is the limit of safety,” Financial Times quoted Kevin Watkins, lead author of the report, as saying.
Heated discussions over the share of the burden that each country should take for cutting emissions are likely to be the main focus of UN talks on climate change beginning next week in Bali, Indonesia.
The talks, the most important since the Kyoto protocol was drafted in 1997, will mark the first negotiations on a potential successor to the treaty, the main provisions of which expire in 2012. (ANI)

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