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Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

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Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

AP

Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

AP

Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

AP

India should not consider itself off the hook. Rather than slow the decline in coal use, India has ensured it and other coal-intensive nations, including Australia, will be under even greater global pressure to ditch coal.

Bill Hare, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

As the United Nations climate summit opened in Glasgow, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a surprise positive announcement: a big net-zero target. The world cheered at the planet’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter getting on board with net-zero, and the move made global headlines.

Fast forward to the final tense hours of COP26, and India almost derailed the talks. It demanded a key commitment in the Glasgow agreement be watered down: that a pledge to “phase out” coal be weakened to just “phase down” the fossil fuel.

China supported India’s holdout. The controversy cast a long shadow over the Glasgow agreement, which was already shaping as too weak to keep global warming below 1.5℃ this century. The world – including India – needs to phase out coal by 2040 if that warming goal is to be met, and India’s government is kidding itself to think the Glasgow intervention will make that problem vanish.

India should not consider itself off the hook. Rather than slow the decline in coal use, India has ensured it and other coal-intensive nations, including Australia, will be under even greater global pressure to ditch coal.

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