Obama won't be able to repeat his China climate change deal in India. Here's the next best thing.

But here's the next best thing

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Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit to action on climate change ranks high on President Barack Obama's list of priorities during his visit to India. The recent U.S.-China agreement sparked optimism on climate change cooperation between industrialized and developing countries. Now the United States is keen to strike a deal with India — the world's third-largest emitter — as well.

The U.S. and India on Sunday announced a modest deal to curb hydrofluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas emitted by refrigerators and air conditioners; work together at climate talks in Paris later this year; and finance India's solar power targets. It is a far more limited agreement than the one hashed out with China. Dismissing the comparison, Modi said, "India is an independent country, and there is no pressure on us from any country or any person."

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Sabina Dewan

Sabina Dewan is the executive director of JustJobs Network and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she formerly served as the director for globalization and international employment. Her expertise ranges from the impact of globalization on employment to the role of trade, foreign assistance, and monetary policies in raising living standards around the globe. Sabina has an advanced master's degree in quantitative studies from the Catholic University of Brussels, and a second master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a frequent media contributor, having appeared on outlets such as CNBC, BBC, and Al-Jazeera.