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India, the world’s fourth-biggest polluter from burning fossil fuels, can keep its greenhouse-gas emissions growing more slowly than the economy through 2031, a top climate official said.

Shyam Saran, prime minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy on climate change, said in an interview that India can reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by as much as 35 percent through that year and make a “similar” cut in carbon dioxide, a gas scientists blame for global warming.

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