India’s Climate Policy Dilemma

Is climate change a sustainable development or an environmental challenge? The statement by the Minister for Environment and Forests that the European Union’s aviation tax will be a “deal breaker” is welcome because it reflects one of the policy goals of developing countries, and should elicit widespread support. India must now take the leadership in evolving new global rules because in the coming years developing countries will be making increasing demands on limited ecosystem services provided by the global commons, or carbon space, to absorb emissions of carbon dioxide, as they consume vast quantities of steel, cement, aluminum, chemicals and fertilizers needed for infrastructure, urbanization and food security essential for growth in incomes. Read the full article by Mukul Sanwal.

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