As Modi takes centre stage, the real climate battle begins

As the world’s leaders leave Glasgow, and their ministers and negotiators sink into an alphabet soup of diplomatic legalese, these are the main issues we will be watching out for.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. He announced that India would be carbon neutral by 2070, reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030 and increase the share of electricity from solar, wind and other non-fossil sources.

Much like pandemic advisories and the purchase of fighter jets, this is in line with the Modi regime’s preference to have the PM himself announce major government decisions. Environment minister Bhupender Yadav’s pre-COP interviews to mainstream media were vague and meandering, and his blog post before the conference had nothing much to say beyond …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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