U.S. cities, states, businesses to measure emissions, stick with Paris accord

Posted July 15, 2017

Over the coming months, California Governor Jerry Brown's Administration will join with Bloomberg Philanthropies (which supports the Sierra Club) and partners to calculate the collective climate action potential of USA states, cities, businesses, universities and others - thousands of which have already committed themselves to cut emissions - and submit that progress to the United Nations.

"W$3 e'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 in the release.

The country had committed to reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2025, compared with 2005 levels.

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.

Within hours of Trump's actions in early June, cities, states, and businesses announced their intention to stick with the Paris Accords, with more than 350 mayors pledging action, and numerous organizations and states also announcing their intentions via organizations such as We Are Still In.

Building on this positive momentum, the America's Pledge initiative will for the first time aggregate the commitments of these and other "non-Party actors" in a report on the full range of climate-related activities across the whole of USA society. Through the America's Pledge initiative, Brown and Bloomberg will work to demonstrate continued climate leadership across USA society, and that subnational action can significantly reduce US greenhouse gas emissions at a time of limited federal leadership.

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On Tuesday, the Glendale City Council adopted a resolution to join other cities nationwide in expressing the Jewel City's support of the United Nations' Paris Agreement, which deals with efforts to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord, let's see what happens".

The overwhelming majority of Americans, including those who voted for President Trump, support climate action, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

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.

The partnership between Bloomberg and Brown has amounted to a American shadow cabinet on climate policy, as global leaders have been quick to meet the governor and former mayor as they assure the world the U.S.is still vested in climate change leadership. "The effort to aggregate and quantify the actions of subnational authorities and non-Party stakeholders in the United States via "America's Pledge" is welcome".

"This is demonstrably not an issue that can be addressed by national governments alone", he said. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.