THE UNITED NATIONS Development Programme (UNDP) report Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World has prescribed a 50% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 compared to the 1990 levels. To achieve this, it suggests that developed countries should cut their emissions by 80% by 2050, of which 20–30% cuts should happen by 2020. For the high emitters among developing countries such as India, the UNDP recommends no cuts up to 2020, and then 20% reduction by 2050.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, was asked to release the report. Ahluwalia, ...


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