India’s Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday linked the Chennai floods to the global warming caused by developed nations in their bid to industrialise in the last century and a half.
“ ‘What is happening in Chennai is the result of what has happened for 150 years in the developed world. That is what has caused 0.8 degrees Celsius temperature rise. And therefore they must now take action more vigorously,’ he told The Hindu in a conversation here a day before he leaves for the ongoing climate change conference in Paris. He will stay there till December 12.”
“ ‘Historically, for the last 150 years, they have reaped the benefits of growth and now they can’t say that past is past,’ he added.”