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Biden’s climate summit: Major polluters ramp up climate ambitionBy: Avantika Goswami Biden’s Climate Summit: The US needs to walk the talk on fossil fuelsBy: Avantika Goswami Biden’s Climate Summit: All eyes will be on the US, come April 22By: Avantika Goswami Joe Biden’s climate plan is investing too little in climate actionBy: Avantika Goswami ‘Ratcheted’ NDCs lack ambition; gaping distance between country pledges and IPCC limitsBy: Avantika Goswami How John Kerry can bring US back in climate fight ringBy: Shazneen Cyrus Gazdar Why did the Chamoli tragedy happen in winterBy: Shazneen Cyrus Gazdar

WORK OVERVIEW

The Anthropocene is characterized by the multi-pronged existential threat of climate change, which in turn is defined by atmospheric warming, rising sea levels, escalating greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of fragile ecosystems. An added layer of complexity is the important socio-political question: historically, India has not been the greatest emitter of greenhouse gasses (GHGs). An Indian emitted 1.97 tonnes of carbon dioxide (tCO2) annually in 2018, while Americans and Canadians both emitted well over 16 tCO2. India’s per capita emissions were also a fraction of the European Union (6.78 tCO2/person) and China (7.95 tCO2/person), making it the lowest per capita emitter amongst the world’s large economies.