SUBJECT :Climate Change 
World leaders on Sunday welcomed the climate deal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius with Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing it as a victory of "climate justice" while the pact evoked mixed reactions from environmentalists.

"This agreement represents the best chance we've had to save the one planet we've got. I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world," US President Barack Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House.

"As a result of the climate agreement we can be more confident the Earth will be in better shape," he said.

In Delhi, Modi tweeted, "Outcome of #ParisAgreement has no winners or losers. Climate justice has won & we are all working towards a greener future."
Commenting on the legally-binding pact which seeks to limit global warming to "well below" 2 degrees celsius and makes developed nations commit $100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing countries, he said, "#ClimateChange remains a challenge but #ParisAgreement demonstrates how every nation rose to the challenge, working towards a solution."

"Deliberations at #COP21 & #ParisAgreement demonstrates the collective wisdom of world leaders to mitigate climate change," he said.

French President Francois Hollande termed the day as a great date for the planet.

"In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished," he said after the landmark deal was inked by 195 nations.

The international deal on limiting climate change represents "a huge step forward in securing the future of the planet", British Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Reacting to the deal, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the accord also supported developing country's right to development and their efforts to harmonise development with environment, while protecting the interests of the most vulnerable.

"Today is a historic day. What we have adopted is not only an agreement but a new 'chapter of hope' in the lives of 7 billion people. Mahatma Gandhiji used to say that 'we have not inherited earth from our ancestors, but we have it on loan from future generations," he said.

However, Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said the climate change agreement is "weak and unambitious" as it does not include any "meaningful" targets and has discharged developed nations from their historical responsibility.

"Developing countries have got words and promise of money while the developed countries have finally got rid of their historical responsibility of causing climate change. They have no legally binding targets on finance or emissions cuts," CSE director general Sunita Narain said.

Source: December 13, 2015, The Times of India