The Obama Administration today praised India along with China, Brazil and South Africa for taking action on climate change and recognising the seriousness of the global problem.
"The good news is that the major developing countries have started recognising the seriousness of the problem, their own vulnerability to it, and the need for global action," Special US Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern told American lawmakers at a Congressional hearing.
"In some cases, they (the countries) are taking action at the federal level that outstrips our own," Stern said.
This despite the fact that developing countries tend to see a problem not of their own making that they are being asked to fix in ways which, they fear, could stifle their ability to lift their standards of living, he added.
Stern admitted that any measure to tackle the global threat can't be effective without active participation of developing countries including India and China.
"The problem with potentially grave and irreversible consequences cannot be solved without the full participation of developing countries - particularly China and the other emerging market economies," he said.
Many of the biggest developing countries including India are focusing on climate change and taking, or starting to take significant action, Stern observed.