Is India likely to announce emissions reduction targets before Copenhagen?



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    India already did announce its preferred emissions reduction target – a few days before the beginning of the Copenhagen talks, which started this past Monday.  India has said it would reduce its “carbon intensity” by 24% below 2005 levels by the year 2005.  This means that India’s overall emissions would probably increase over that time period, but that carbon output per unit of energy used would go down – meaning a growth in emissions that would be smaller than is predicted otherwise.  As is the case for most other major polluting countries, including the United States, India’s emissions-target falls short of what scientists say will be needed to stop global warming.  On the other hand, it is encouraging that India has at least agreed to some kind of emissions-reduction goal.

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