Two new research reports on climate change over the past few days indicate that fast growing economies such as India and China cannot afford to distance themselves from the growing problem.
One of these is a study by an environment research body, the Worldwatch Institute, which lists 21 major cities as “most vulnerable” in the world to rising sea levels. It includes Mumbai, Kolkata and Shanghai, and points out that natural disasters are no longer rare and unexpected tragedies. The second, a study published by the National Academy of Sciences, US, finds that carbon dioxide emissions have grown 35% faster than expected since 2000—and that inefficiency in use of fossil fuels is a big reason.
There’s no case in the standard argument that India (and China) must not be made as responsible as the developed countries as their per capita emissions are far lower.
Energy efficiency needs to be a top priority.