Fall in place

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

China and other rising economies like India must shoulder growing obligations to cut greenhouse gases (ghg) as they climb the development ladder, said a prominent Chinese adviser who has broken ranks with his government on global warming. Hu Angang, a public policy professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, is the most influential Chinese expert to criticize his government's stance that the fast-growing country should not assume international obligations to curb carbon dioxide and other pollutants stoking global warming.

He was speaking at the Reuters Global Environment Summit held simultaneously at San Francisco and Washington DC on October 8 and 9. The summit attracted top environmental and industry leaders and the focus seemed to be on pressuring the developing nations to take up binding commitments on curbing ghg emissions.

The agenda fitted the Northern industry's bill splendidly. For instance, the representative of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers said his company had invested in an energy company in India, but did not disclose details. "The company is in the business of producing electricity from cleaner sources," said Ajit Nazre who represented the California-based venture capital firm at the Reuters summit.

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