India disappointed by rich nations’ Paris Climate Agreement track record


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspectives, the following things are important

Prelims Level: Doha amendment

Mains Level: India’s concern related to the Partis Climate Agreement.


India’s concern

  1. As negotiators bargain the details of the Paris climate agreement that starts next decade, India is concerned that rich nations still haven’t fulfilled pledges made in a previous treaty
  2. Other emerging nations have also joined a chorus of criticism on rich countries’ lack of progress on emission cuts and funding to adapt to the increased frequency of storms, droughts and floods

Bad performance of Western Countries

  1. Germany will probably miss its 2020 emissions-reduction target
  2. The US is rolling back domestic measures designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Doha amendment: Ratification not completed yet

  1. Under an extension to Kyoto, known as the Doha amendment, 37 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gases by 5% to 40% by 2020 versus 1990 levels
  2. It’s ratified by 112 countries, short of the 144 required, according to the UN climate unit
Climate Change Negotiations – UNFCCC, COP, Other Conventions and Protocols
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