Doha a long way from Copenhagen, or is it?
The following three years have seen a rapid reduction in both the ambitions of and expectations from international climate negotiations. Almost all the targets considered essential then have been dropped or deferred. It is no surprise then that there is a lack of enthusiasm about the Doha talks, including among the Indian negotiators. The main objective seems to be not what India can gain but what it can avoid losing.
What, however, is more worrying is that the dip in interest has rubbed on to actions that New Delhi takes on its own. In the middle of 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had launched the National Action Plan on Climate Change, containing eight ‘missions’ with sectoral targets. That document is cited at every international platform as India’s commitment to finding a solution to climate change. Four and a half years down the line, little has been achieved. Except for two ‘missions’ — on solar energy and energy efficiency — there has been little activity.
What is worse, there is
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