Climate Consensus Appears Near; India Objects To Coal Plans

After hours of one-on-one huddles and contentious disagreements over money, countries participating in United Nations talks to curb global warming appeared to be nearing a consensus Saturday, but India was saying not so fast. A rich-poor divide widened at the U.N. summit in Glasgow, Scotland in recent days, with developing nations complaining about not being heard. But when the representative from Guinea, speaking for 77 poorer nations and China, said his group could live with the general results, negotiators applauded. The Chinese delegation also said it was fine with the positions that would come out of Glasgow in a final conference agreement. But Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav potentially threw a wrench when he argued against a provision on phasing out coal-fired power plants, saying that developing countries were “entitled to the responsible use of fossil fuels.”

By Frank Jordans and Seth Borenstein. AP News. November 13, 2021.

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