ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Disproportionate Burden?

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The Paris Agreement violates all the key principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that were universally ratified. If the Paris Agreement is ratified in its current form, India and the developing countries that together constitute the bottom half of the world will be collateral damage in the cause of supporting the unsustainable lifestyles and consumption of the upper half of the world.

China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, with whom India chose to identify ­itself through groupings such as BASIC and BRICS, are clearly not a part of the bottom half of our world. Indeed, they will be major beneficiaries, along with the developed countries, if the Paris Agreement comes into force.

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