A su­per­fi­cial deal

Down to Earth - - ON THE WEB - JOHN BLAIR THOMAS DE­LANEY DAVID EL­LIOTT S C N JATAR TULPULE

Thank you for this ar­ti­cle. It is an im­por­tant coun­ter­per­spec­tive to what I have heard from the West­ern me­dia. I con­cur that In­dia as a na­tion should not be un­der any obli­ga­tion to curb its emis­sions. How­ever, I would like to com­ment that many rich, ur­ban In­di­ans would have foot­prints closer to the West­ern norm. An SUV has a sim­i­lar neg­a­tive im­pact wher­ever it is in the world. So in my view, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­duce emis­sions and def­i­nitely in our in­ter­ests to in­vest in a more sus­tain­able econ­omy.

An in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle. But I am not sure that both the coun­tries would have "equal" per capita emis­sions in 2030. Has that been stated ex­plic­itly? All I have seen is a loose com­mit­ment by China to sta­bilise green­house gas emis­sions by "about 2030" and a US aim to cut its emis­sions by 26-28 per cent by 2025.

"US-China cli­mate deal: maker or breaker?" (De­cem­ber 1-15, 2014) was an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on the car­bon agree­ment be­tween the two highly pol­lut­ing coun­tries. I had no idea it was so su­per­fi­cial in prac­tice. Oddly, nei­ther the me­dia nor the NGOs of the US are able to un­der­stand the in­equity or lack of fair­ness, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to In­dia and In­done­sia. Why is there such a lack of com­pre­hen­sion?

The US should stop frack­ing for shale be­cause that gen­er­ates max­i­mum green­house gases. It has made a com­pro­mise with China, which also plans for pro­duc­ing non-con­ven­tional oil and gas and carry out other highly pol­lut­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

No bank loans

This is with ref­er­ence to "Dye­ing cities" (De­cem­ber 1-15, 2014). Bank loans to industrial units which cause ex­treme pol­lu­tion should be stopped. An ap­pro­pri­ate legal mech­a­nism should be put in place to tackle such is­sues. This should be done as soon as there is prima fa­cia ev­i­dence against the unit that is caus­ing pol­lu­tion. Court pro­ceed­ings can fol­low later.

TARIQUE AZIZ / CSE

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