India has agreed to formally associate itself with the Copenhagen climate accord.
India’s decision leaves China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, as the only nation among the BASIC group of big developing countries to hold-off from embracing the agreement.
The deal set out in the Danish capital last year set a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times by 2050 as well as providing 70 billion euros a year to help developing countries to curb their CO2 emissions from 2020.
India’s move is likely to boost the non-binding accord which disappointed ecologists hoping for a much tougher stance on fighting climate change.
The BASIC group of nations, China, India, South Africa and Brazil joined the United States, the EU and a small number of other countries to agree the accord which in the end was merely noted.
China, India and Brazil feared a ringing endorsement would force them into implementing measures which ultimately would have proved too costly.