Climate – Indian Prime Minister will finally come to COP26

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While the Chinese and Russian presidents will ignore the Glasgow event in a week’s time, Narendra Modi wants to “chart the way forward”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Glasgow for COP26.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the COP26 climate summit, his office confirmed on Sunday, a positive signal for the conference which has been snubbed by some of the world’s top leaders. Mr. Modi’s office said the climate summit would be a key opportunity to “chart the way forward”.

Officials have indicated that India, the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the United States and China, will make a new offer, but without giving details. More than 120 world leaders are expected at the biggest climate summit since the 2015 Paris talks on November 1-2, but Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be conspicuous by their absence.

More CO₂ than Europe

Climate envoys from the United States, the European Union and UK summit organizers have visited New Delhi several times in recent weeks to encourage the Modi government to do more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Mr Modi will also travel to the Group of 20 summit in Rome next weekend, where rising temperatures will also be a key issue, his office said in a statement.

According to the International Energy Agency, India today produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as the European Union, even though its per capita consumption is two-thirds lower. According to the agency, the post-pandemic economic recovery of 2021 is expected to see India’s CO2 emissions exceed 2019 levels.

(AFP)

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