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India is in no way responsible for catastrophic global change: Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that climate change is not an overnight phenomenon and it has taken the last 100 years to have an impact on the environment.

Briefing media in New Delhi on the eve of completion of 5 years of Paris Agreement, Mr Javadekar said, climate change is not a result of recent actions but of historical actions. He said, historically the USA has 25 per cent of all emissions, Europe has 22 per cent whereas China has 13 per cent and India only 3 per cent.

The Minister said, India in no way is responsible for this climate change, but as a responsible participant in world affairs India chose to take part in combating climate change. He said, India’s historical as well as present contribution to Green House gas emissions is very low. Mr Javadekar said, with only 2.4 per cent of the world’s land area and 17 per cent population, India has preserved 8 per cent of world’s biodiversity and 24.56 per cent of forest cover. He said, India had committed to reduce emission intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030, of which it has already achieved 21 per cent and remaining will be achieved in next 10 years.

The Minister said, India is one of the few countries which are Paris Agreement compliant. He said, India’s Nationally Determined Contribution NDC will lead to less than 2 degree rise in temperature. He said, according to the Climate Transparency Report 2020, India is the only G20 country to meet its commitments.

Mr. Javadekar said the recent report by UNEP also says that India’s emissions grew 1.4 per cent in 2019, much lower than average of 3.3 per cent per year over last decade.

Mr Javadekar informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the global climate summit tomorrow on the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

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