A COP26 Down Down Agreement as Delhi Chokes

By Rajini VaidyanathanBBC South Asia Correspondent Posted at 14 hours of agosharecloshare pagecopy Linkabout Sharingreled Topics

  • COP26 Image font, Getty ImagesImage Leiption, Delhi has been wrapped in a toxic smog for days

    India is accused of watering an agreement with climate COP26 to reduce coal consumption, even when toxic air is drowning to its national capital, Delhi.

    Air quality in the city has been floating between "severe" and "dangerous" for several days. The Government of Delhi on Sunday announced that schools would be closed during the week and said he was reflecting on a "blockade" to improve air quality.

    Burning crop contamination, industrial pollution and vehicle, and weather patterns convert the air from the city every winter.

    But air in the capital, and large parts of northern India, remains poor most of the year. The pollutants of the electrical power plants are among the culprits.

    Despite the pressure on India and China, two of the world's main carbon issuers, to sign an agreement to end the use of coal, Two large coal consumers proposed a last-minut change in the wording: countries have now accepted "phase down" instead of coal "eliminate".

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    The news of the change made great headlines around the world with many contempt and disappointment in India to desperately cling to coal.

    but in a growing country that still derives around 70% of its coal energy, the decision was seen as pragmatic and assertive.

    The Minister of Environment of India, Bhupender Yadav, who was at the Glasgow Summit, said India had achieved "remarkable results", but it is about to achieve a balance. He said he had articulated the concerns and ideas of other developing nations, which also depend on fossil fuels for power growth. Image source, Getty ImagesImage Leying, Minister of Environment of India BUPENDER YADAV attended the COP26 Summit in Glasgow

    the narrative in many parts of the Media was that India stood up to the world and came home with what he wanted.

    "India has argued that the current climate crisis has been precipitated by unsustainable lifestyles and patterns of waste consumption mainly in developed countries. The world needs to wake up To this reality, "Mr. Yadav wrote on a blog.

    Jairam Ramesh, a former environmental minister of the opposition congress game, said the result this year was "the best India can offer."

    "India has to be receptive worldwide and responsible domesticated and", he said.

    and millions of Indians, who are still re-reserving the effects of a second devastating covid wave, consult the economy again on their feet. Like the highest priority. For now, that means clinging to coal by expanding the cleanest alternatives. Image source, Getty ImagsImage Leiption, coal remains the main source of energy in India

    "Solar is extremely important: it is growing very fast, but not You can replace the coal with solar energy in such a short period of time, "said Vaibhav Chaturvedii of the Energy Council, Environment and Water (CEEW). The economist has just returned from the COP26 summit.

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