Clean the World

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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.

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