I have a piece up at Foreign Policy looking at the shifting norms regarding developing world commitments to climate change after the Obama-Xi summit. With China now saying they plan to peak emissions, a lot of pressure is on India to follow suit. This presents a quandary for India, which has long argued it still needs time for economic development before shifting to managing emissions. The U.S.-China deal likely makes that stand untenable:
Such initiatives could be a promising first step towards ensuring that India sees the deal between the United State and China as the beginning of a wider process that both reduces carbon emissions and gives the developing world the tools it needs to grow and prosper. It is also an opportunity for the Modi government to seize the initiative and inject itself directly into the global campaign to finally turn the corner on climate change.
You can read the entire piece here