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India's Climate Change Opportunity

India should consider this week's climate talks in Lima a chance to set itself on a healthier path for economic growth.

Time to clean up.

Photographer: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India lags far behind rival China in wealth and development -- and also in the amount of carbon dioxide it spews into the atmosphere. Indian leaders say this explains why they shouldn't be expected to limit their greenhouse-gas output as China has just done. At global climate talks in Lima this week, they'll probably also point out that 1 in 4 Indians still lacks electricity, so the country can't afford any limits on economic growth.

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