Clean the World
Environment minister Harsh Vardhan was at the UN climate change conference in Bonn between November 6 and 17 when the noxious smog over Delhi made international headlines for the second consecutive year. He had to play a delicate balancing act between sounding the alarm over climate change in Germany, assuring the countries present of the leading role India intends to play in tackling the issues, and playing down panic over the extreme unhealthiness of Delhi’s air. The meeting as such was a sort of preliminary discussion on the obligations outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. From 2020, countries will be called to account for their pledges. India’s emissions are relatively low, per capita, but its success in combating pollution is essential to the global effectiveness of the agreement.