莫迪会批准巴黎气候协议吗? Will Modi Seal Paris Climate Deal?

本周华盛顿可能会传来一项有关气候问题的重大决定。

专家们正密切关注印度总理莫迪是否会承诺在今年年底之前批准巴黎气候协议。如果印度批准这项协议,就很可能使该协议的实施日期大大早于最初预期的2020年。

支持者说,印度批准巴黎协议,将是一个强烈的信号,显示发展中国家认真对待遏制气候改变的问题。但批评人士指出,印度在巴黎协议中承诺太少。他们说,要让气温保持在科学家认为的增长幅度不超过两度的安全范围内,印度和其他国家必须做出更多的努力。

莫迪正在美国访问,他将对美国国会联席会议发表特别演讲,并与奥巴马总统举行第七次会晤。

A big climate announcement could come this week in Washington.

Experts are watching to see if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi commits to ratifying the Paris climate agreement before the end of the year. If India ratifies the deal, that will put it on the brink of going into force well ahead of the original 2020 target.

Advocates say it would be a strong signal that developing countries are serious about fighting climate change. But critics note that India has committed to very little under the Paris agreement. They say much more will be needed from India and the rest of the world to keep the planet below the 2-degree threshold that scientists consider critical to the well-being of the planet.

Modi is on a state visit to the United States, including a special address to a joint meeting of Congress and his seventh meeting with President Obama.