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BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has reassured the public’s fears over India achieving the net-zero target by 2070, saying that “India will meet the target earlier”. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to become carbon neutral by 2070 as one of five commitments from his country. Speaking to Newscast, the BBC political editor said: I think everybody saw this net-zero 2070 headline and went, Oh, my goodness, this is a disaster.

“’It means the fortnight’s going to be a disaster and nothing’s going to be agreed.

She went on: “But as ever, what are all these guys here doing?

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How many audiences if they got them? Do they have one?

“What do they have two? Do they have one on the world stage or do they have one at home?

But he doesn’t really want to say that right now.


She added: “And that’s one of the reasons just one, why this is also complicated because the leaders here aren’t just larger number.

India has promised to cut its emissions to net-zero by 2070, which misses a key goal of the COP26 summit for countries to reach that target by 2050.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the pledge at Cop26, the first time India has set a net-zero target.

Net-zero means not adding to the number of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.


US and EU aim to hit net zero by 2050, while China said they would aim to do this by 2060. 

More than 120 leaders have gathered in Glasgow for the two-week conference on climate change.
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