Protest over shorts at­tack

Emis­sions agree­ment closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity

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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.

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