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MUMBAI, India -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton opened a three-day visit to India on Saturday by urging India not to repeat American mistakes in contributing to global pollution, and she passionately defended U.S. demands for help in fighting terrorism.
"We acknowledge now with President Obama that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change," she said. "We are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes."
She was referring to Obama's statement in Italy earlier this month that the U.S. had "sometimes fallen short" of its responsibilities in controlling its carbon emissions.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
I suppose that America is responsible for the entire solar system warming up?
Originally posted by Kram09
She didn't blame the United States for climate change. She just said the United States and other developed countries had made mistakes which contributed to it.
Originally posted by Kram09
But the United States and other developed countries, mine included haven't exactly helped have they?
Oct 18 2007
With 1,130,000,000 (1.13 billion) people, India is currently the world's second largest country.
India crossed the one billion mark in the year 2000, one year after the world's population crossed the six billion threshold.
Demographers expect India's population to surpass the population of China, currently the most populous country in the world, by 2030.
At that time, India is expected to have a population of more than 1.53 billion while China's population is forecast to be at its peak of 1.46 billion
the second most populous country in the world, the fourth largest total greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter
India's per capita emission rate for 2006 of 0.37 metric tons of carbon is well below the global average (1.25) and the smallest per capita rate of any country with fossil-fuel CO2 emissions exceeding 40 million metric tons of carbon.
Originally posted by Kram09
But all the pollutunts that we are putting in the air and pumping into the sea. Does that help?
These two satellite images show how aerosols can obscure the land and sea beneath, blocking incoming sunlight. On the top, aerosols over northeastern India and Bangladesh partially obscure the Ganges River and then are swept out over the Bay of Bengal. Notice how the high-altitude air over the Himalayas, near the top of the image, is clearer. On the bottom, smoke from dozens of fires (left side of image) in China swirls down along valleys and then out over Bo Hai Bay (upper right) on its way towards Korea and the Pacific Ocean.
Credits: Images courtesy of Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC. Text from UCAR’s page on aerosols here.
From Ascribe Newswire
COLLEGE PARK, Md, March 12 — A University of Maryland-led team has compiled the first decades-long database of aerosol measurements over land, making possible new research into how air pollution changes affect climate change.
Pollution, Indifference Taint India's Sacred River
by Julian Crandall Hollick
Weekend Edition Sunday, December 2, 2007 · The Indian city of Kanpur is an anomaly — an industrial city that lies on the banks of a river that is revered as a goddess.
Established in 1801 by the British to supply their army in India, Kanpur is the largest city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and it sits on the higher, southern bank of the Ganges River.
But Kanpur's burgeoning industry pours pollution into the sacred river, making it dirty, unappetizing and synonymous with pollution in residents' eyes. Twenty years ago, the Indian government began a massive program to clean up the river, but for many, Kanpur is proof that those efforts failed.
In 1986, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi announced a massive Ganga Action Plan to clean up the river. The basic idea made sense: Intercept and treat pollution before it is discharged into the Ganges. Politicians and engineers in Delhi designed sewage treatment plants, but they then expected states and cities to find the money to operate and maintain them.
Myriad problems — from inconsistent electricity to indifferent local authorities and residents — stunted the plan. Today, the Ganges at Kanpur is besieged by pollution, including toxic chromium, from local tanneries.
11 Jun 2009: China Will Not Accept
Binding CO2 Targets at Copenhagen
China will not accept a cap on its carbon emissions at upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen, Chinese officials said. After several days of U.S.-China climate meetings in Beijing, Chinese officials said that placing a ceiling on its greenhouse gas emissions would stunt its economic growth. “China is still a developing country and the present task confronting China is to develop its economy and alleviate poverty,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said. “Given that, it is natural for China to have some increase in its emissions, so it is not possible for China...
Russia says has no plans to cap carbon emissions
Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:40pm EDT
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not accept binding caps on its greenhouse gas emissions under a new climate regime, currently being negotiated to succeed the Kyoto Protocol after 2012, top officials said on Monday.
Kyoto puts a cap on the average, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2008-12 for some 37 industrialized countries, including Russia.
UN does not expect emission caps from developing countries
Posted : Sun, 02 Dec 2007 14:59:03 GMT
Author : Joydeep Gupta
Category : Environment
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Bali (Indonesia), Dec 2 - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that is organising a two-week global summit here from Monday does not expect developing countries to commit to legally binding caps on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.