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India Announces its Carbon ‘Cuts’

And by cuts, I mean increases:

India became the last of the “big four” polluters to reveal its opening hand in the negotiations today, ahead of the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen next week.

Government sources revealed the country could curb the carbon emitted relative to the growth of its economy — its carbon intensity — by 24% by 2020.

The target would mean emissions would continue to rise as the government aims to lift millions out of poverty, but by less than currently predicted.

The leaked figure days after the announcement last week that China would cut its carbon intensity by more than 40% by 2020. The EU has already pledged a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 — set to rise to 30% if other developed countries match the European target – while the US last month proposed cuts of 17%. These four are expected to emit almost two-thirds of the carbon between now and 2050