>> A plan to slow global warming before it's too late, now a step closer to reality. The world's third biggest polluter, India, on Sunday ratifying the UN-Paris Climate Change Agreement which aims to slash emissions by moving away from fossil fuels. But what Reuters Douglas finds that doesn't mean New Delhi has any plans to put the breaks on burning coal.
>> India has set an enormously ambitious target of generating 40% of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030, and even then, it will continue to ramp up its use of fuels like coal that generate greenhouse gasses, between three and four hundred million people in India do not have access to power, and it's a priority for Prime Minister Narindra Modi to provide 24/7 power to the entire population.
>> India says that in order for it to meet its ambitious 2030 targets, it needs help with technology and financing. It's now pushing richer countries to step up. Saying they're to blame for the climate crisis in the first place.>> The issue for India is that responsibility in historical terms for global warming as a result of greenhouse gases resides with the West which industrialized earlier.
These issues of climate justice are gonna play out even after the implementation of this climate accord when negotiators next meet in Morocco in November.>> India is one of nearly 200 nations that agreed to the deal in Paris last December, but not all are officially on board. Countries representing at least 55% of greenhouse gas emissions need to ratify the deal before it's binding.
China and the US signed on the dotted line last month. Next up, the EU expected to complete joint ratification next week, which would take approvals past the mark needed to put it into effect.>> Or more national parliament.