India refused to announce a net zero carbon emissions target

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India on Wednesday rejected calls to announce a target. The country is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States.The environment secretary R.P.Gupta told reporters that announcing net zero was not the solution to the climate crisis. “It is how much carbon you are going to put in the atmosphere before reaching net zero that is more important.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the COP 26 conference in a sign of how the country is taking climate change seriously, India has committed to cutting the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33%-35% by 2030 from 2005 levels, achieving a 24% reduction by 2016. The United States, Britain and the European Union have set a target date of 2050 to reach net zero. China and Saudi Arabia have both set targets of 2060.

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Representatives of nearly 200 countries will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, from Oct. 31-Nov. 12 for climate talks and are expected to make important decisions. Access to newer technologies is a condition to achieve new targets. Hydrogen becomes a part of the global effort to becoming an emissions free society and reducing our carbon footprint. A target by 2050 would be a “great positive” for Australia, as an example, if it can be achieved through technology and not a carbon price, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

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