Islamabad - Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Tuesday called upon top key global polluters to step up their carbon emission mitigation efforts by particularly increasing their reliance on clean energy sources to cope with global warming.

He said global warming is unlikely to be dealt with to save the earth from its negative impacts as long as the rich polluting countries do not show the world that they are committed to reduce carbon emissions radically to slow down climate change.

“China, United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and South Korea have been ranked among the top 10 polluting countries in the world, which emit the highest carbon dioxide emissions from all forms of industry and fossil fuel consumption. These countries must show leadership in cutting carbon emissions significantly to save planet from devastating impacts of climate change,” he said in a news statement issued here in response to US President Barak Obama’s new Clean Energy Plan announced on Monday last.

A new clean energy plan calls on the US to cut carbon emissions from power plants by one-third by 2030. The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming.

“The new US clean energy plan does deserve appreciation. But, we believe that since America is the second biggest carbon emitter after China, the 32 per cent carbon emission target by 2030 does not sound impressive and the target must have been higher to provide pretty strong push for other rich polluters such as Russia, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Korea and Canada to announce their more ambitious carbon emission reduction plans, respectively,” Mushahidullah Khan stressed.

He added, “We also understand that actions by the world’s second largest emitter send signals to the rest of the rich polluting counties on beefing up efforts to confront man-made climate change by announcing ambitious carbon emission mitigation plans in their respective energy, water, agriculture and transport sectors. This will fairly set the ground for the two-week-long UN-led global climate conference this year in December to churn out a viable, balanced, ambitious global climate agreement, which will be enforceable after 2020 and inevitable to slow down climate change and keeping the average global temperature rise within 2 degree Celsius by significantly cutting carbon emissions.”

The minister also lauded the American democratic presidential candidates for praising the plan as a good way to confront the challenges of climate change.

He also seconded Obama’s statement where he noted that “no challenge today poses a greater risk to future of all living beings on the planet earth” than climate change that is heating the atmosphere to record levels, and the nation may not be able to reverse the trend if it doesn’t act soon.

Meanwhile, the climate change minister said that it was heartening to note that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has announced to strongly defend the Obama’s plan.