Indian Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday that uncontrolled carbon emissions by developed countries such as the US and China have caused climate change disasters and India has been on the receiving end of them.
He continued that India’s has contributed only three percent to climate change in the last 200 years.
“India’s contribution to climate change in the last 200 years is just three per cent. The unbridled carbon emissions particularly by Europe, USA and in the last 40 years by China, caused climate change disaster. These countries prospered economically but polluted the world,” Javadekar said at the webinar organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).
“India is one of the countries with the least contribution in climate change,” he continued.
The minister continued that developed countries owe USD 100 billion each year to help developing nations combat climate change as part of the Paris agreement.
A recent study has shown that summer monsoon rainfall in India will intensify due to global warming.
“We have found robust evidence for an exponential dependence: For every degree Celsius of warming, monsoon rainfalls will likely increase by about 5%,” said one of the study’s authors Anja Katzenberger from the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany (LMU).
“We see more and more that climate change is about unpredictable weather extremes and their serious consequences,” said co-author Anders Levermann from PIK and Columbia University, New York.