Obama calls PM to break the ice on cli­mate change

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetan Chauhan chetan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PARIS: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama reached out to PM Naren­dra Modi in an at­tempt to break the dead­lock at the Paris cli- mate sum­mit, where the re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries such as In­dia in tack­ling ris­ing global tem­per­a­tures has been a stick­ing point. Obama spoke to Modi on Tues­day, hours be­fore a 45- minute meet­ing in Paris be­tween US sec­re­tary for state John Kerry and en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar.

Sources said the meet­ing be­tween Kerry and Javadekar failed to reach a com­pro­mise on a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing re­defin­ing the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween the rich and the de­vel­op­ing world in “changed cir­cum­stances” and a pro­posed re­view and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of cli­mate ac­tion plans.

A lot is at stake for In­dia and the US as the Paris cli­mate agree­ment on lim­it­ing car­bon emis­sions and fi­nanc­ing cleaner en­ergy will have a far reach­ing im­pact on their economies. The move by Obama was ap­par­ently aimed at break­ing the ice and re­solv­ing con­tentious is­sues be­fore the first draft of the min­is­te­rial con­sul­ta­tions was re­leased on Wed­nes­day.



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