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The numbers behind: Climate change By: Sunita Narain, Avantika Goswami CoP26: Rome G20 Summit reaffirms old climate goals, more pressure on Glasgow By: Avantika Goswami Mood at Glasgow: Promises galore, substance lacking By: Avantika Goswami COP 26: Contentious issues of finance, carbon markets pushed to week 2 By: Avantika Goswami CoP26 Diary (Nov 8): Fossil fuel lobby larger than delegation of any country, term missing from draft statement By: Avantika Goswami


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.