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Fletcher Doctoral Student at Climate Change Conference in Durban

Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

The number of statistics about China bandied around by opponents of climate action is astounding in its own right.

Depending on who you talk to the country is opening a new coal power plant every month, every week, every month. As the country’s middle classes swelled, so too did its emissions. In the past the country has fiercely protected its right to this development and it’s record of cooperation during the UNFCCC process is far from unblemished. ...

... With the US stating repeatedly that it will not sign-up to any commitment without all the other major emitters, all eyes turned to India. ...

... India is not a major emitter. It just happens to be a very large country,” says JM Mauskar, special secretary with the Indian Ministry of Environment. “India has a very low carbon footprint and it remains a very poor country. ...

You can't compare China and India,” says Kartikeya Singh, junior associate at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University who is also serving as an advisor to government delegations in Durban. “It’s convenient to compare them side-by-side because of their mammoth populations but the reality from an energy and emissions perspective, is quite different. They have fast growing economies too and all of these indicators make people want to put them together in a club.”

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