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AP Interview: India's environment minister says reducing poverty is climate justice

India's environment minister says the country will confirm plans next week for a staggering 175 gigawatt growth in its renewable energy portfolio, while also demanding room for its climate-warming emissions to grow.

Prakash Javadekar told The Associated Press on Thursday that nations hoping to reach a global climate pact in Paris in December must commit to a world where all 7 billion-plus inhabitants had equal rights and access to electricity, opportunity and justice.

He said "we are asking the developed world to vacate the carbon space to accommodate us. That carbon space demand is climate justice."

India is one of the last major polluters yet to submit its plans for combating and coping with climate change to the United Nations.