US and India Reach Accord on Climate Change

The United States and India recently agreed to a new series of agreements on climate change, including more cooperation on the international accord reached in Paris last year. Following a meeting with President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would ratify the Paris agreement this year.

The agreement goes into effect 30 days after 55 nations representing 55 % of all greenhouse gas emissions ratify it. India is the world’s third-largest producer of greenhouse gases. So far, 34 countries that contribute 49 % of emissions have joined. Obama has said he would use his executive power to make the U.S. ratify the agreement first reached in December and then signed at the UN headquarters in April.