Gore, Blair take a dig at India on climate change

Published: Tuesday 15 April 2008

India is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It can join other nations in finding solution to the crisis
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If substantial, transformative steps are not taken, India will face the worst consequences of climate change
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india is getting some global criticism for its stand on climate change. Literally. Two world leaders, who visited Delhi a few weeks ago, criticized India for not doing enough on mitigating the effects of climate change.

Nobel laureate and former vice president of the us, Al Gore not only castigated his own country for not doing enough to reverse the effects of climate change but also insisted India must not wash its hands of the efforts by blaming the developed world for the crisis. India has maintained that industrialization in developed countries is the prime reason for climate change. Criticizing this position, Gore said, "The correct response is not a comparison with some level of pollution that has been achieved by other countries a long time ago with dirty technologies but rather what can be achieved in the 21st century with efficient technologies." Launching the Indian chapter of his ngo Climate Project, Gore said, "India is vulnerable to climate change. With other nations, it can help be a part of the solution."

Tony Blair, the former British premier, was in town on March 20 to launch Breaking The Climate Deadlock, a global initiative against climate change. Blair called on India to lead the fight against climate change. He admitted that the West was responsible for the unacceptable levels of emissions.

However, he said India would face the "worst consequence of climate change" unless "substantial, transformative efforts were undertaken by the developing world". Blair is the political face of Breaking The Climate Deadlock started by an international ngo, The Climate Group, which promotes business on climate change. In India it partners with Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation.

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