The South Asian country on Wednesday rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions
target, saying historical blame for the climate crisis lay with developed nations.
India, the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases
after China and the United States, is under pressure to announce plans to become carbon neutral by mid-century or thereabouts at next week’s climate conference in Glasgow.
But environment secretary R.P.Gupta said India was a “victim” of global warming, and “not a contributor.” He told reporters that announcing net zero
was not the solution to the climate crisis.
“It is how much carbon you are going to put in the atmosphere before reaching net zero that is more important,” he said, adding it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures.
The United States, Britain and the…