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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Use carbon free fuel to reduce Green House Gas emissions, says US envoy


MUMBAI: India must opt for a fuel that is carbon free to reduce its Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, said Jonathan Pershing, special envoy for Climate Change, US department of state.

Pershing who is currently in India as part of the US-India Strategic and Commercial dialogue said part of the reason for the US and China being number 1 and 2 respectively in GHG emissions was on account of their failure to address the carbon 

Pershing spoke on the impact of climate change and the urgent need to address it at the St Xavier's Institute of Communication, Mumbai, on Friday. He said though electricity contributes one-third to GHG emissions, a collective effort at the global level is necessary to reduce the emissions from electricity. He said this can be done through use of better technology and also from the use of renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, hydro and nuclear energy.

"I am agnostic about nuclear energy. It is for each country to decide on which source to use. It is necessary to ensure the source does not produce carbon," he said.

The US government to ensure that temperatures do not rise above 1.5 degree Celsius has made it mandatory for all manufacturers to incorporate climate change in every decision. Similarly it agriculture department is working on processes for farming which lower GHG emissions.

"Climate Change makes everything we worry about such as high tides, rains, droughts worse. We are at the edge and a small tip would lead to chaos," he said.

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