Despite increasing urbanization, India remains an overwhelmingly rural country, with about 70% of the population living in the country, often without regular access to electricity. Photo: Jankie via flickr.
While India still will not commit to binding emission reduction targets, in an effort to distance itself from perceptions that it is not doing enough to combat climate change, it is prepared to set non-binding targets to track its progress in reducing carbon emissions. That's the word from Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, via AFP:Ramesh said,
We are already taking a number of actions that will result in significant reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions.
We are in a position to quantify these reductions into a broadly indicative number that can be shared with the rest of the world. I see no problem with that.
While admitting that this stance is a "nuanced shift" in India's position going into the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the greater position that the nation is "not going to accept any legally-binding commitments on carbon emissions" remains unchanged.
Even With Sharp Increases, Per Capita Emissions Stay Below World Average
Just to remind everyone (again), while India recently rose to the number four spot in terms of national carbon emissions, per capita emissions remain among the lowest in the world (about 1/20th those of the US and 1/10th those of many European nations and Japan). Even with emissions expected to rise sharply in the next 20 years, projections show that they will remain well below the global average.
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