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Climate partnership to be ‘core pillar’ of US-India relations: President Biden

US President Joe Biden has said that the climate ...

President Biden said that “we need to limit warming to 1.5 degrees” centigrade or “all of us could be at a point of no return”. Scientists consider that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade is essential to prevent the devastating effects of climate change. US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John explained that if the partnership can enable India to reach its target of 450 gigawatts of clean energy, India would be on track to meet its commitment to helping hold down the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

A joint statement by India and the US said that they “aim to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities”. Outlining the partnership’s agenda the statement said it “will aim to mobilize finance and speed clean energy deployment; demonstrate and scale innovative clean technologies needed to decarbonize sectors including industry, transportation, power, and buildings; and build capacity to measure, manage, and adapt to the risks of climate-related impacts”.

—Arul Louis

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