- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government would ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on October 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
- “There is one work left in the CoP21 (Conference of Parties). Ratification is yet to be done and India too is yet to do it. Today on the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, I announce that India will ratify the decisions on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said while addressing BJP’s National Council meet.
- Talking about the need to ratify the COP21 decision, Mr. Modi said there is a looming threat due to global warming to many coastal countries and cities.
- During the Paris climate meet in December last, more than 190 nations had agreed on setting ambitious goals for capping global warming and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing climate catastrophe.
- The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. India accounts for around 4.5 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Agreement asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns. It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Source: The Hindu