The envoy for the climate of USA, John Kerry, will hold meetings with leaders in India during an Asian tour that begins this Thursday in an attempt to narrow differences over targets against climate change to curb global warming.
The government of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is being pressured by the USA and the United Kingdom to commit its country, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, with the goal of zeroing emissions by 2050.
India, whose per capita emissions are much lower than those of the USA, European countries and even China, he fears that sticking to that goal could restrict the energy needs of his people.
Kerry starts a journey this Thursday that will also take him to the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, which experts say is especially vulnerable to climate change because it has a large number of people who live in areas just above sea level and because it lacks the infrastructure to protect them.
“The presidential special envoy for climate, John Kerry, will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka between April 1 and 9, 2021 for consultations on expanding climate ambition,” said the State Department.
Kerry is leading efforts to induce countries to commit to zeroing greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century.
The American President, Joe Biden, convened a summit with 40 leaders, including those from India and China, for April 22 and 23, and also from Brazil.
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