57% of cities plan climate action in next year

57% of cities plan climate action in next year

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Mark Field and the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change Nick Bridge are attending the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on 13-14 September 2018. Jerry Brown, included a report that 27 major cities around the world have seen emissions decrease over a five-year period and are now at least 10 per cent lower than their peak.

The 27 cities, from NY to London, said they had reached the milestone even as their populations and economies grew.

Twenty-six cities with 140 million people are committed to buy only zero emission buses starting in 2025 and creating zero emission areas in their cities starting in 2030.

The star-studded conference included a rousing call to action by Harrison Ford, who implored the audience to protect forests, fisheries and other natural wonders. The 195 countries that signed the treaty agreed to commit resources to combatting climate change.

Global warming is now set to exceed the more ambitious limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7-degree Fahrenheit) called for in the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change, according to a draft United Nations report due for publication in October. Going green is a must.

The global community is on the right track to tackle climate change, but challenges remain in the years ahead, said delegates at an worldwide climate summit.

"I'm very, very proud of waste management".

"We must strive toward funds going toward the ecological and energy transition where it is most urgent, including in developing cities", she said.

Jointly organised by California governor Jerry Brown and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, the three-day gathering is a showcase for initiatives, big and small, to reduce humanity's carbon footprint.

Former Vice President Al Gore says a new president can, with 30 days' notice, get the United States back into the global climate agreement that President Trump pulled of previous year.

The remarks echoed a pledge the Governor made almost two years ago at a scientific gathering in the face of potential cuts to federal satellite and climate monitoring programs under President Donald Trump, who is skeptical of climate science.

A total of 488 companies from 38 countries have adopted emission reduction pathways in line with the science of the Paris Agreement, up almost 40 per cent from previous year.

Summit organizers say they are unaware of any USA federal officials attending.

Trump announced past year that he was withdrawing from the landmark climate accord.

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. "Great countries listen to their scientists and great countries strive to leave the world better than they found it".

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.

Governor Jerry Brown of the US state of California said Wednesday that the whole world must work together to achieve the goals on carbon emission cuts.

Thousands of activists, mainly environmentalists, on Thursday staged a protest here, calling on Governor Brown to end oil drilling and gas production in California.

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