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India's Shifting Approach on Climate Change

Friday, April 16, 2010

NEW DELHI -- Emerging differences within the Indian government regarding whether to adopt a more flexible approach to climate change negotiations came to a boil recently, when the prime minister's special envoy on climate change, Shyam Saran, quit his post.

Until now, Saran -- who has been leading India's negotiations at international forums, including Copenhagen -- opposed efforts by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to soften India's line on climate change methodology. Indian media have been highlighting the disagreements between Ramesh and Saran, which center around Ramesh's attempts to update India's basic principle of per capita emissions norms to define burden-sharing between developed and developing nations in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. ...

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