Grand Tamasha

What COP26 Means for India—and the World

Episode Summary

Veteran energy and climate expert Navroz Dubash joins Milan on Grand Tamasha this week to debrief the biggest takeaways from COP26, India's net-zero emissions pledge, and U.S. leadership in climate action.

Episode Notes

After two, torturous weeks of around-the-clock negotiations at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, diplomats from nearly 200 countries agreed to accelerate their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, phase out fossil fuels, and ramp up aid to poor countries, many of whom are the biggest victims of the climate crisis.  

However, not everyone is pleased with the outcome in Glasgow. Climate experts point out that the accord will not put the world on track to avoid catastrophic warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

To discuss the Glasgow accord, India’s commitments, and the questions that remain, Milan is joined on the show this week by Navroz Dubash, a professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a veteran energy and climate scholar, policy adviser, and activist.  

Navroz and Milan discuss the big takeaways from COP26, India’s surprise net-zero pledge, and an eleventh hour fracas over language on coal. Plus, the two discuss the credibility deficit plaguing the United States’ climate diplomacy.  

  1. Jayant Sinha, “How India Can Get to Net Zero Emissions,” Grand Tamasha, October 12, 2021. 
  2. Navroz Dubash, “Understanding India’s climate pledges,” Hindustan Times, November 12, 2021. 
  3. Navroz Dubash, “Unlocking climate action in Indian federalism,” Hindustan Times, August 11, 2021.