U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal. 

India’s new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country’s schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.

“On a full moon night, if street lights are put off for two, three hours, will it not be service to the environment? Won’t you enjoy the full moon night?” Narendra Modi said in September, adding: “We have forgotten to live with nature.” He urged kids to switch off fans, lights, or appliances when not in use and turn off tap water when brushing teeth.

Modi, 64, has sounded at times like a climate activist. “Al Gore was right when he commented a few years ago that it was inconvenient to many leaders to hear, face and accept the naked truth of global warming,” Modi wrote in a 2011 e-book, Convenient Action,which heralded his climate efforts while chief minister of the western state of Gujarat.

So as a new round of international climate talks launches Monday in Lima, Peru, what role will Modi’s government play? The United Nations meeting will focus on a new global accord, slated to be finalized next year in Paris, to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. (See related map: “Four Ways to Look at Global Carbon Footprints.”) Read more

Courtesy: news.nationalgeographic.com

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