How the US government and universities can help India cope with climate change
A global climate change deal reached between the US and India last week will help the country cope with the impacts of rising sea levels, according to a senior official in the Obama administration.
India has been under pressure from other countries, including China, to make progress on tackling climate change.
The White House announced on Thursday that the US will provide a $3 billion loan to India for a two-year programme to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation.
“We’re going to be able to provide that loan in the next three years,” the senior official said.
The United States has been pushing India to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a climate change agreement signed in Paris last year.
The deal, which is meant to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, was aimed at tackling a rising tide of pollution, such as air pollution and climate change, from the burning of fossil fuels and vehicles.
In April, US President Donald Trump said India was “playing with fire” by not addressing its climate change problems.
The US has also criticised India for not doing enough to reduce its reliance on coal and for ignoring climate change warnings from its own scientists.
The two nations signed a $500 million climate partnership in July.