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The US and China just announced they are ready to ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  However, India is not ready to join them.

The US and China just announced they are ready to ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  However, India is not ready to join them.

The agreement, signed by more than 160 countries, desires to limit global warming to under 2 degree Celsius by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy. China and the United states are the world’s biggest polluters, followed by the European Union and India.

Unlike the world’s top polluters, India’s emissions per person are quite low. Most of the pollution comes from energy production and factories. In the U.S., emissions amount to around 20 tons per person, while in India, each person accounts for 2.44 tons. Developing countries like Brazil and Mexico have higher emissions per person than India, though India’s total emissions are way above both countries.

During international negotiations, India has said many times that addressing climate change should not come at the expense of the country’s development. Around 300 million people live without electricity across the country. The government hopes to bring electricity to these people by 2022.

Achieving this target through renewable energy will be impossible because the infrastructure for solar and wind power does not yet exist. India’s reliance on coal and other fossil fuels is expected to double by 2020 to meet its energy demands.

Still, the country is taking measures towards developing renewable energy. The government has given tax breaks to solar energy developers and has committed to reduce overall emissions. Last year, Modi announced plans to cut India’s emissions between 33 to 35 percent by 2030. As part of this goal, he said 40 percent of the country’s electricity would be produced by renewable energy.

The country still plans to ratify the agreement, though it won’t happen before 2017, officials added.

 Prepared by: JZEnglish

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