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Why the world should applaud Narendra Modi's 2070 net-zero target

Good reasons why India needs more time than other large greenhouse gas emitters

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Narendra Modi delivers a speech at COP26 in Glasgow on Nov. 2: India's declaration of 2070 as the net-zero target year is both cautious and optimistic.   © Reuters

Nandakumar Janardhanan is research manager for climate and energy, and South Asia regional coordinator at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan.

Being the third-largest CO2 emitter in the world, India has finally joined the global push toward net-zero.

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