Trump calls India air `filthy`; social media fills in

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2020

Defending the clean air in the US, Trump made the comment during his final debate on Thursday with Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the November 3 presidential election, saying "Look at India". Look at India, it's filthy. "The air is filthy", said US President Donald Trump on climate change.

US President Donald Trump's description of India as a filthy place with polluted air has unleashed calls on social media for urgent clean-up action, particularly over New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital. Look at Russia. Look at India.

Mr Trump charged that Mr Biden's climate plan was an "economic disaster" for oil states such as Texas and Oklahoma.

Trump's comment on the poor air quality in India comes at a time when experts have warned of continued rise in pollution, especially the northern areas of the country. Biden and the Democrats, in contrast, promise to re-join the pact - they believe climate change is the single most important threat to humanity and needs to be addressed urgently.

"We have a moral obligation to deal with it", he said.

The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the USA (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), it said.

The planet has already warmed by around 1 deg C from pre-industrial levels, enough to boost the intensity of deadly heat waves, droughts and tropical storms.

In 2017, Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, saying the worldwide deal to keep global temperatures rises below 2 degree Celsius was disadvantageous to USA workers.

China's foreign ministry today said Beijing hoped the USA would "stop dragging China into its election campaigns".

But past year it still accounted for 48 of the world's 100 most polluted cities, according to a Greenpeace and IQAir Group report.

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