While ‘change is the only constant’, climate change is one phenomenon the entire human race is trying to halt, or at least slow down.
India bailed out China from isolation during the Copenhagen climate talks, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday.
Undeniably, climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our time.
Melting glaciers, changing rainfall patterns, flash floods, rising sea levels, inundation of small islands; the threat is real and it’s going to hit hard not just the poor but also the rich as their livelihoods would also come under increasing risk.
Efforts to revive UN climate talks
after last December`s Copenhagen Summit wrangled Saturday over
how to whip the arduous negotiation process towards a
post-2012 global treaty.
The failure to reach a deal at Copenhagen has prompted EU to evolve a fresh negotiating strategy on climate talks.
India has been playing a very
constructive role in countering global climate change since
the Copenhagen summit on climate change, a top UK government
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he was snubbed at last year`s Copenhagen climate change conference and fired back on Sunday at critics who accuse China of arrogance.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
on Thursday demanded reforms of the United Nations and urged
negotiations under a small group of countries to accelerate
efforts to fight climate change.
If we put our mind to it, we can work together as a nation and compete with the best in the world.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that taking the path of low greenhouse gas emissions was the only alternative and India "must not lag behind" on this.
Jairam Ramesh has said that the accord at the recently held Copenhagen summit was not a failure.
India has said that the Copenhagen Accord opens a window for the burial of the Kyoto Protocol.
China on Friday defended the role played by premier Wen Jiabao at climate change talks in Copenhagen this month after a barrage of international criticism blaming China for obstructing negotiations.
President Barack Obama says people are "justified" in being disappointed at the Copenhagen outcome, but at least he was able to secure non-binding agreements from what he called world`s would be largest emitters, India and China.
Top climate expert RK Pachauri
Wednesday said a "stronger and firmer" regime envisaging punitive
action against the defaulters awaits in a new climate treaty,
whenever it is framed.
Faced with a strident attack from
Opposition over the Copenhagen climate deal, the government asserted that the Accord will not affect India`s
sovereignty but admitted digression on the issue of reporting
about mitigation actions on tackling global warming. The Environment Minister argued India had to be flexible as it, along with China, Brazil and South Africa, did not want
to be "responsible for failure" of the climate meet.
European environment ministers
began today to plan a new strategy for tackling climate change
after "disastrous" UN climate negotiations which the US and
China did their best to undermine, the Swedish EU presidency said.
Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday admitted in Parliament that India had changed its ‘non-negotiable’ stand at the recent Copenhagen Summit, but sought to assure that the government had not compromised with the country’s interests. The Opposition however accused the government of "spin doctoring" and trying to interpret the Copenhagen Accord differently.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon appealed for world powers to make a new effort to secure a legally binding climate deal next year amid new diplomatic wrangling over the failure of the Copenhagen summit.
RK Pachauri has made it clear there was no power granted to US in the Copenhagen accord for any interference.
Australia will do "no more and no less" than other nations to fight climate change, the government said Tuesday, as it prepared to set its greenhouse gas pollution targets after talks in Copenhagen.
China on Tuesday dismissed a British
editorial accusing it of "hijacking" the UN-sponsored climate
talks in Copenhagen as baseless and politically motivated.
An Obama aide said the US could challenge India & China if they don`t meet their stated Copenhagen goals.
IPCC chairman RK Pachauri
Monday termed the Copenhagen accord "a step forward as it
limits temperature level to two degree Celsius".
Manmohan Singh on Monday said there was a need for an "informed
and rational" debate to understand effects of global warming
which has far greater consequences in India.
The Copenhagen Accord has received mixed response in India with climate experts divided on its implications for the country while Left parties and some NGOs have attacked it.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said that Copenhagen climate summit was "held to ransom" by a small group of countries, as his climate secretary accused China of hijacking the talks to block a legally binding treaty.
China vetoed attempts to give legal force to the climate accord, alleges Britain.