On the frontline of climate change

India has been an important player in global climate talks, but lost its way in Durban last year.

India has been considered a skilled negotiatior in international climate talks. But during talks in Durban, South Africa, in December, many thought India was outflanked and outsmarted by the European Union. When, in the final hours of the negotiations, India and China relented and agreed to a roadmap to a future climate agreement, some of India’s main demands were conspicuously missing. 

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