Protest over shorts attack
Emissions agreement closer to becoming a reality
India’s prime minister has said that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday that his government will ratify the agreement on October 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of India’s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in a minimum carbon footprint.
Modi made the announcement at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party’s leaders in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode.
India accounts for about 4.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said this month that 60 countries accounting for about 48 per cent of emissions had already joined the agreement. The Paris Agreement asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in temperatures across the globe that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns.
It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius.
Yesterday, Modi said that global warming especially poses a threat to coastal countries and cities worldwide.
Last week, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said he expects to announce that countries accounting for more than 55 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions have formally joined the treaty – the threshold needed to trigger the landmark agreement – when he presides over the 22nd UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh, which starts on November 7.
The Morocco conference is expected to hammer out the difficult details of how to make the agreement work and raise the $100 billion needed each year to meet its ambitious goals.
Mezouar said developed countries are expected to come up with $100 billion in climate financing each year, with half of that going to help countries adapt to green energy and the other half to mitigating the effects of climate change. Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a public bus this month for wearing shorts. Yesterday’s protest aimed to show solidarity with Aysegul Terzi, who was kicked in the face by Abdullah Cakiroglu for what he called “inappropriate” clothing. He was released from custody despite expressing no remorse, according to reports.