Published by: Jeet Kumar
Updated Sat, 24 Jul 2021 12:48 AM IST
The US and India are committed allies on climate change, said the senior adviser to the Climate Ambassador.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Jonathan Pershing, Senior Adviser to John Kerry, Special Ambassador on Climate Change, told a congressional committee that the US and India are a committed partner on climate change.
“We welcome Prime Minister Modi’s continued focus on clean energy transformation in India, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis,” Pershing told lawmakers.
In April, the two governments signed the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership, he said. Under the partnership, both sides identified the 2030 agenda for clean technologies and climate action.
International Military Council on Climate Change and Security Secretary General Sherry Goodman told lawmakers that climate has also been a factor in strained relations between nuclear-rich neighbors India, Pakistan and China.
Criticism of Chinese efforts
Earlier in a study, an estimate was made about climate change near the disputed border between India and China, where about one lakh Indian and Chinese soldiers are stationed at an altitude of 15,000 feet.
Goodman said, the place where the Brahmaputra river enters India, China is preparing to execute the world’s largest hydroelectric project. This is wrong as the region is vulnerable to earthquakes. This has created concern for the low-lying areas of India.