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Carbon emissions went up 1.57 pc: Govt to LS

Carbon emissions went up 1.57 pc: Govt to LS
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India's total carbon emission rose from 15.39 million tonnes in 2012 to 15.63 million tonnes in 2013, marking an increase of 1.57 per cent, government told the Lok Sabha on Monday but underlined that developing countries have no legal binding on reducing carbon emissions.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, who gave this information while replyin to questions, said the rise in carbon emission was attributed to introduction of new routes for airlines and overall increase in aircraft movement.

At the same time, he said, "The total emission of 15.63 million tonnes in 2013 represent less than 1 per cent of India's anthropogenic emissions which is significantly lower than the corresponding global average of 2-3 per cent." Though the overall aircraft movement and passenger growth have increased in 2013 in comparison with 2012, an overall decrease in carbon emission per aircraft and carbon emission per passenger have been observed, the minister said.

He said as per the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, developing countries such as India have no legal bindings in reducing their carbon emissions.

661 MPs have so far adopted villages for development: Govt

As many as 661 MPs have so far adopted a village under the Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11 last year with an aim of overall development of rural areas. Of them, 485 are from Lok Sabha and 176 are from Rajya Sabha, Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh told Rajya Sabha on Monday. "We have received very good response to the scheme and 84 per cent of the MPs which is 661 Members have shown keen interest in the scheme and have selected gram panchayats," he said during the Question Hour. The scheme is a rural development programme broadly focussing on development of villages, including in social and cultural spheres.

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