In a monumental alliance between two of the world's largest democracies, we witness a rare (almost unheard-of) instance in political history: nations are fighting for a cause rather than causing a fight. The severe implications of global warming on the health, progress and future of our world has been formally recognised by India and the United States, who have committed to reducing HFC emissions.
India and the US make the world's top three list (along with China) of countries which are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. This commitment to slow down the impact of climate change is a step to reverse the damage by the Anthropocene, hopefully putting both countries on a more sustainable environmental trajectory and also setting the standards of mitigating externalities as a precedent for the rest of the world to follow.
The Obama administration reached an agreement with India on Tuesday on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels, steps that officials say will reduce carbon emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its 1.2 billion citizens. The package, announced after talks between President Obama and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also contained a modest step toward reducing global emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, industrial chemicals that act as a powerful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Indian officials formally agreed to engage in international discussions that the White House hopes will lead to a phaseout of the chemicals, known as HFCs.