Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ says California to launch climate satellite

17 September, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Sherry Houston
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Brown announced a slew of new climate policies to sow the seeds of action, including an ambitious law committing California to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, and an even more ambitious executive order committing the state to full carbon neutrality by the same year.

Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC have all seen their emissions fall over the last five years to at least 10 percent below peak levels while their economies have continued to grow.

Also on Thursday, more than two dozen cities that are home to 54 million people announced that their greenhouse gas emissions had peaked.

Kerry signed the agreement to combat climate change on behalf of the United States while serving as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also been resisting Trump's climate policies with many tweets on the importance and urgency of fighting climate change.

But that is not the end of the road for the Global Climate Action Summit, the idea is to keep up the momentum.

"Doing nothing is not an option".

Ghosh said that India must use this opportunity provided by the California summit to "demonstrate its climate actions, by virtue of its power of resistance to inequities in climate politics, its power of example set through domestic policies and actions, and its power of leadership at the global level, such as the worldwide Solar Alliance".

Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, Italy, talked up plans to reduce waste from food and other sources.

"Would it be easier if the Federal government and Congress were our partner?"

Milan and Copenhagen are among the 27 major cities cited by C40 Cities Climate Leadership, a group whose board is headed by philanthropist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

California is launching its 'own damn satellite' to track climate pollutants
Revamped UN Climate Action Portal

In a speech, he called the conference a way to broadcast that the U.S.is still committed to fighting global warming.

Emily Hite, a graduate student of University of Colorado Boulder who showed up at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) with curiosity, found something intriguing that may become part of her doctoral research program on climate change policy.

Conceived as an effort to preserve and promote that momentum, the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and his subsequent decision, fulfilling a campaign promise, to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, gave the summit yet another goal.

Brown is among a group of U.S. governors and mayors who have pledged to stick to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Bloomberg and Brown said they calculate the U.S.is within striking distance of the reduction in greenhouse gases it previously promised.

Trump announced in June 2017 the United States' intention to pull out of the global agreement, which Kerry signed while serving as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.

His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards.

In response to a question Thursday at a news briefing, Brown, Democrat, said Trump will likely be remembered poorly when it comes to the environment.

"I think that this summit's been very useful", he said.

"I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn't speak for the rest of America", Brown said in a video announcing the summit.

The CEO of Salesforce, one of the world's largest online business software companies, urged fellow technology leaders at the conference to help fight climate change.

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