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India, China to join hands on studying climate change in Tibet

August 31, 2009

August 29, 2009

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) -- India and China will jointly conduct
research on the impact of climate change on the glaciers in the
Himalayan and Tibetan regions, Minister of State for Environment and
Forests Jairam Ramesh said here Saturday.

"We discussed institutionalisation of collaboration. The Wadia
Institute of Himalayan Geology and its Chinese counterpart the Cold
and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research will conduct
joint research," said Ramesh, who visited China earlier this month
for a climate change conference.

The minister was speaking on the sidelines of a function to release a
report on the Security Implication of Climate Change for India,
compiled by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

With the majority of South Asian rivers emanating from the Tibetan
plateau, climate change can have a devastating impact in the region.

A Chinese team will come to India in the last week of October to
finalise the details of the project.

"The Chinese have invested a lot in terms of human resources to study
glaciology. We are just beginning. A joint research will be better
for in-depth findings of what is happening to our glaciers," Ramesh said.

The minister added that the collaboration between India and China in
combating climate change goes beyond this joint research project.
Both have staunchly opposed the US Clean Energy and Security Act,
also known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The bill has a provision that
would grant the US president the power to slap tariffs on imports
that have a carbon footprint larger than American-made goods.

"We (India and China) reject the premises of the bill. There is
unanimity among developing countries and we will continue fighting
it. The Chinese response was instantaneous and they (Chinese) said we
will take countermeasures," Ramesh said.

Shyam Saran, the prime minister's special envoy on climate change,
also said: "In view of the UNCCC (UN Convention on Climate Change),
any such move (like the provisions in the US bill) will be illegal."
It is WTO incompatible and deal-breaker for Copenhagen."

India will participate in the UN climate change conference in
Copenhagen Dec 7-18.
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