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Smoke rises from burning garbage as an Indian woman looks for recyclable material at a dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Nov. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).

After U.S.-China Climate Deal, India Feels the Heat on Growing Emissions

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

The United States and China surprised other G-20 members when they announced a new agreement last week on curbing greenhouse gas emissions just a few days prior to the group’s summit in Australia. But the G-20 member who perhaps noted this development more than others is India, currently the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter.

India was taken off guard by what amounts to China’s first step back from its previous ironclad refusal to make any binding commitments on limiting overall emissions. New Delhi is now preparing to fend off greater pressure directed its way to make similar pledges in the run-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. India is likely to emphasize how it differs from the U.S. and China in terms of its developmental status, while holding out the carrot of investment opportunities to global companies in the clean technology sector as New Delhi looks to embark on a new phase of industrial growth. ...

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