UK miffed at India turning down its climate change offer
that was a diplomatic googly which was suitably timed. In an interview to The Guardian on January 19, 2008, the uk's environment secretary Phil Woolas made a point on India's intransigence on climate change but lauded China's efforts. He was in Beijing with uk prime minister Gordown Brown's entourage that arrived in India the next day.
The comments left those who follow global climate change debate guessing. The hunt for a probable cause first hit the ongoing discussions over an agreement, or a declaration, between the uk and India on technologies to deal with climate change. When Down To Earth contacted official sources, they denied any knowledge of it. Off the record, people indicated the uk's intent to push clean coal technologies into India, first as research projects and then as climate change mitigation programmes.
The uk- based energy giant bp, formerly British Petroleum, sponsors research schemes on clean coal and