dglobalnews.com California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress
Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

The process of developing America's Pledge will also provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from US states, cities, businesses and others, and will transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how and in which ways these entities can help the USA deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement.

The initiative by 227 cities and counties, nine states and more than 1,500 businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, was announced in a statement by California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg, a former NY mayor.

"Today we're sending a clear message to the world that America's states, cities and businesses are moving forward with our country's commitments under the Paris Agreement - with or without Washington", Brown said.

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Nutall said that while the United Nations welcomes the initiative from USA cities, states, and businesses, the challenge will be quantifying the effect of climate action from diverse and potentially overlapping actors, a process that will likely stretch well beyond this year's climate conference.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted a possible change in his position over the Paris climate accord from which he withdrew weeks ago. "We're already halfway there".

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The overall goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Under the Paris deal, former President Barack Obama's administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

That historically bad move by Trump has ceded US leadership on fighting climate disruption to other countries, and has even caused some to refer to the global alliance of powers as the G-19, signaling our lack of leadership on the world stage as humanity faces an unprecedented threat. The goal of America's Pledge is to "raise the bar" and "expand the map" as more governments and companies make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions.

"In the US, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government-and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", said Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, in a statement. Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA).

Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said the president "made America into an worldwide laughing stock". Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.

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