Obama calls PM to break the ice on climate change
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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