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For two decades, Monsanto has been able to take living organisms, insert genes into them, and then patent them as its own intellectual property. And nobody has challenged this – until now.
The government of India has filed suit against Monsanto – for violating India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). It’s the first time a company has been sued by a government for acts of biopiracy.
Climategate may give skeptics some ammunition, but those skeptics will not be at the table in Copenhagen. Still, with China and India eyeing growth and the rest of the world cautious on the cost of carbon capping, these are the three factors that will result in something rotten from Denmark.
Although the emission targets proposed by US, China are significant for climate negotiations it seems that they will have little or no impact on the carbon emissions in absolute terms.
For the first time, the United States has agreed to recognize the national mitigation measures proposed by the developing countries in the proposed climate treaty.
A Step Backward: Obama to push for scraping of Kyoto Principles as he meets Chinese Prez, Indian PM?
United States (and EU) have objected to the principles of Kyoto Protocol and demand that developing countries should also accept responsibility to reduce carbon emissions by accepting mandatory emission targets.
A bill mandating energy usage and new energy efficiency measures for more than 700 energy intensive industrial units will be tabled in the Indian Parliament in November.
India has announced numerous changes in its climate policy signaling a renewed effort to cement its credentials as a global environment leader.
The developed countries are struggling to build national consensus for ambitious mitigation measures while the developing countries have gained the higher ground in the negotiations for the next climate deal by announcing voluntary sectoral emission reduction targets.
With so much going on at the international front the Indian government has struggled to chalk out official negotiations plan for the Copenhagen Summit. It must now decide if it wants to be a deal breaker or a major initiator at the climate talks.