US envoy, Kerry goes to India to try to stimulate “climate ambition”

Kerry during event in Paris 10/3/2021 REUTERS / Benoit Tessier reuters_tickers

This content was published on April 1, 2021 – 7:35 pm

01. April 2021 – 19:35

By Sanjeev Miglani

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – US climate envoy John Kerry will hold meetings with Indian leaders during an Asian tour that begins this Thursday in an attempt to bridge differences over climate change targets to curb warming global.

The government of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is being pressured by the United States and the United Kingdom to commit his country, the world’s third largest emitter of carbon, with the goal of zeroing emissions by 2050.

India, whose per capita emissions are much lower than those of the United States, European countries and even China, fears that sticking to that goal could restrict the energy needs of its people.

Kerry begins a journey on Thursday that will also take him to the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh, which experts say are especially vulnerable to climate change because of the large number of people living in areas just above sea level and lacking 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.

US President Joe Biden called a summit of 40 leaders, including those from India and China, on April 22 and 23, and also from Brazil.

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