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India's Smart Climate Strategy

The developing world may not lower its carbon emissions soon, but it can help push clean energy.

Still scrambling for electricity.

Photographer: Simon de Trey-White for the Washington Post

To many eyes, India looks like a roadblock to an effective world climate deal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demand for “climate justice” -- meaning that rich nations should reduce their carbon emissions even as India and others continue to pollute -- reprises the polarizing rhetoric that has sunk previous international attempts to battle global warming. Yet there’s merit to Modi’s argument, and success in Paris requires that all countries recognize it. 

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