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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama talk in the gardens between meetings at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2015. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

Obama and Indian PM hug it out

Securing Indian support to reduce emissions is seen as critical to combatting climate change given India’s population of 1.2 billion, the second most in the world, and rapid economic growth, both of which put heavy demands on the nation’s energy resources. Obama reached a landmark agreement with the world’s most populous nation, China, last year on capping climate related pollution. But India, which is increasingly reliant on emissions-heavy coal, has not agreed to far-reaching reductions in pollution. The White House instead announced on Sunday they had worked out more modest plans to boost investment in renewable energy, restrict hydroflurocarbons and continue negotiations at this year’s global climate conference in Paris.

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