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‘No shift in our climate change stance’

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2009 01:35 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accepted that India for the first time had accepted two degree celsius as a possible threshold for guiding global climate change action but said it would not result in emission cap for India or change in its stand.

Intervening in a discussion in Lok Sabha, Singh termed the interpretation of the declaration on two degree Celsius as a significant shift in India’s stand as “one-sided” and “misleading”.

“The Major Economic Forum Declaration adopted at L’Aquila (Italy) is not a declaration of climate change, nor a bilateral declaration between India and other countries…The formulations are necessarily generally worded to reflect different approaches and positions of a fairly diverse group of countries,” Singh said.

He argued that the two-degree increase reflects the prevalent scientific opinion and re-enforces India’s concerns about danger of climate change.