A coalition of U.S. states, cities and businesses have pledged to collaborate on efforts to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in a further signal of defiance against President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
The group, led by Governor Jerry Brown of California and Mr Michael Bloomberg, a former NY mayor, plans to work with outside experts to measure the effects of their pledges, and to announce an early tally at a United Nations climate conference this year.
Climate action will continue to happen in the US thanks to action by cities, states, businesses, and grassroots advocates, including the Sierra Club and our Beyond Coal and Ready For 100 Campaigns.
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Across America, states, cities, businesses, universities, and citizens are taking action to fight climate change, grow the economy, and protect public health.
While launching a website and uniting a dozen-plus USA territories are relatively small achievements, the rhetoric is likely to play big across Long Island, where funding for and commercialization of "clean energy" technologies have become socioeconomic lifelines - and environmentalists, economists and other observers lambasted Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. "We're already halfway there".
The initiative hopes to present their findings to the United Nations at a Bonn, Germany, climate meeting in November. More organizations are expected to commit to this effort by the end of the year.
It also mandates large industrial facilities - including oil refineries - to upgrade to cleaner technologies by December 2023 at the latest, as well as increasing penalties against offending polluters.
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California announced legislation launching a programme to measure and combat air pollution at the neighborhood level, and improving and extending the state's cap-and-trade programme by ten years. Under the proposals, industry's carbon-free allowances would decrease by over 40 per cent by 2040.
In a unanimous vote, local council members will join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, an initiative founded in 2014 by mayors of Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia to take local action on climate change. "You're going to be alive in a terrible situation that you're going to see mass migrations, vector diseases, forest fires, Southern California burning up", he reportedly said at the hearing. It has been created to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change, providing updates on the progress made to meet the Paris Agreement targets.
While proponents of the Paris Accord have been up in arms since Trump announced he would pull the USA out of the climate accords, the reality is that the US exit is one of more style than substance.
Speaking about the disagreements, Macron said, "we have expressed them and shared them several times and I think it is important to be able to continue to see how to move forward on this subject". "We will talk about that in the coming period of time", Trump is quoted as saying, before reportedly shrugging his shoulders and adding: "if it happens that will be wonderful, if it doesn't that will be ok, too".
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