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Story by Miranda Kennedy, PRI's "The World"
climate negotiators meet in Copenhagen, polls suggest that
the US is one of the few countries where concern about climate
change is falling. A possible reason: Temperatures in North
America have actually been on the cool side in recent years.
UN’s weather agency presented that finding at the
international summit on climate change. The bigger picture
is more sobering, though. The figures show that globally,
the current decade has been the warmest since records began
160 years ago.
has been especially vulnerable to global warming. That fact
is leading the Indian government to soften its position
on greenhouse gas emissions.
this fall, when there was unprecedented flooding in southern
India, environmentalists took to the TV talk shows to try
to stir people up about climate change.
climate change, our food security is at risk, our health
security is at risk, our water security is at risk,"
said Bittu Sahgal, editor of
the magazine "Sanctuary Asia."
says India’s long coastline and proximity to the Himalayan
Mountains make the country especially vulnerable to the
impacts of rising sea levels and melting glaciers. But he
worries that few Indians understand the seriousness of the
problem, and that the government hasn’t done enough
to raise the alarm.
prime minister should get on the air, and he should talk
to farmers, he should talk to the urban and rural poor and
he should tell them what climate change is," said Sahgal.
"If there was an external threat from another country
that’s what he would do."
officials, though, say such criticism is unfair.
idea that India’s not willing to do anything is just
completely wrong," said Montek
Singh Ahulwahlia, the prime minister’s chief
economic policy maker. "Because in our own national
action plan for climate change, we’ve said we must
starters, says Ahulwahlia, there will be a statutory requirement
to purchase a percentage of electricity from clean sources,
and a program for developing solar thermal electricity.