In­dia ex­pects to break log­jam in cli­mate talks

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

CAN­CUN: An In­dian pro­posal could break a deadlock be­tween rich and poor coun­tries over how to share the bur­dens of tack­ling global warm­ing, In­dia's en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter said on Thurs­day be­fore head­ing to U.N. cli­mate talks in Mex­ico.

In­dia's en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Jairam Ramesh said a pro­posal that would re­quire coun­tries to re­port what ac­tions they are tak­ing to fight global warm­ing could win crit­i­cal sup­port from the United States and in­crease chances that rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the U.N. cli­mate talks could reach a broader agree­ment.

"It is ba­si­cally meant to break the log­jam and it is ba­si­cally meant to bring the U.S. in be­cause with­out some progress in (trans­parency) the U.S. is not go­ing to come on board," Ramesh said be­fore trav­el­ing to the sum­mit.

Ramesh's hope­ful as­sess­ment came on a day that the U.N. re­leased more pes­simistic cli­mate news. It said 2010 would be one of the top three hottest years on record.

In­dia re­cently re­leased a plan that coun­tries-rich or rapidly de­vel­op­ing-that con­trib­ute more than 1 per­cent of global green­house gases should re­port their ac­tions and their emis­sions to the United Na­tions ev­ery three years.

Jonathan Per­sh­ing, the deputy U.S. cli­mate negotiator, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment on Ramesh's as­sess­ment. But on Wed­nes­day he told re­porters there was hope the United States and In­dia could move for­ward on the is­sue of mea­sur­ing, re­port­ing and ver­i­fy­ing emis­sions. "Com­ing in, it was quite clear that we were con­verg­ing," Per­sh­ing said. "But we've not yet reached agree­ment."

The In­dian pro­posal would not pe­nal­ize poor coun­tries if they did not meet pledges on emis­sions re­duc­tions. For the United States, an agree­ment with In­dia could put pres­sure on China to come on board or risk look­ing like it is not do­ing enough to fight global warm­ing. In­dia's Ramesh said an agree­ment on so-called trans­parency could lead to big­ger agree­ments on cli­mate, like pro­tect­ing forests and fi­nanc­ing. -Ap

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