Kerala, the biggest beneficiary of global efforts to combat pollution, has been given the nod to become a world leader in tackling climate change.

The state’s pollution reduction measures have already seen the emission of nearly 4,000 tons of CO2 per capita, far exceeding other states.

The new report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be released on Thursday. 

The country’s capital, Kochi, and the surrounding areas are home to some of the world’s most polluted cities, and this is due to a variety of factors, including the fact that it is not a major industrial centre and its population is disproportionately concentrated in the poor urban centres.

The report has said that in 2020, Kerala’s urban areas will need to be carbon neutral by 2050. 

“Climate change is an existential challenge for the world.

It is a global challenge, but also a local challenge, for which the state of Kerala is the prime example,” said state environment minister M P Venugopal. 

As part of the new initiative, Kerala will also be given a top-level advisory role in the implementation of a global climate strategy, a statement from the government said.

The initiative will be led by the government, the UN and other international organisations. 

In terms of CO 2 emissions per capita in 2020-2030, the state will be the worst performer among all states and regions. 

Kerala is ranked second among the 28 countries in the world for CO 2 emission per capita and fifth among states and territories in terms of the number of households living in the worst-affected regions, the report said. 

Poverty and urbanisation are also factors in Kerala’s poor air quality.

The country has some of India’s worst air quality, and it has the highest number of people living in urban areas, with more than one-third of the population living in slums, according to the latest UN data. 

Despite the government’s efforts to reduce CO 2 pollution, a large number of the country’s industrialised cities remain in the same position.

In terms of population, the country has the lowest density of cities in the country.

The government’s strategy aims to reduce urban pollution by tackling the urban poverty and urban growth issues and by building the country on clean energy and green manufacturing.

The strategy has been met with mixed success, as the country is still a long way from achieving the goals. 

Climate change also has an impact on food production. 

Maintaining a healthy diet is key for maintaining a healthy environment. 

This report is the first step in an overall strategy, which will include the development of a new energy policy and the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, including renewable energy from biomass, biofuels and solar power, the statement said.