Clashing with Trump, California governor says to launch climate satellite

17 September, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • How far can California push the nation — and the world? Jerry Brown's climate summit may provide the answer

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.

This spirit of collaboration is in keeping with the history of San Francisco, which witnessed the signing of the UN Charter in 1945, first establishing a rules-based global order that championed multilateralism over self-interest, and endorsed progress not through conflict, but through all people working together.

The legislation also marks the latest conflict between California and President Trump, with the state repeatedly defying the administration's policies on everything from energy to civil rights to immigration.

The portal will therefore serve a critical function by capturing the breadth and depth of this action from the "real world" economy, gradually incorporating new data over the coming months from more than 12,000 stakeholders, and capturing many more commitments going forward. Going green is a must. He said he was willing to negotiate a new climate change agreement.

Frances Seymour, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, a Washington-based think tank, said the gathering marked the start of more united climate action by government bodies and agencies beyond the US national government, with disparate alliances and initiatives now "gelling".

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

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.

In 2015, 196 countries around the globe came together under the Paris Agreement to transform their development trajectories so that they set the world on a course toward sustainable development, aiming at limiting warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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Being that only 16 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions statewide are the result of the production of electricity, Governor Brown's call for complete carbon neutrality means curbing the other 84 percent, too - including those produced by the transportation, industrial, and agricultural sectors.

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

Former Vice President Al Gore followed Kerry to the stage and got a rousing ovation when he said a new president can rejoin the Paris Agreement.

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

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.

Companies that do so agree to take steps to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide through supply chains, regulations and customer efforts. Jerry Brown (D) said Friday.

Outside the conference, hundreds of protesters said Brown could do more in California, and about a dozen briefly interrupted Bloomberg's speech with chants that natural resources were not for sale.

He, along with philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have launched America's Pledge, which has secured commitments from thousands of sub-national actors to cut carbon pollution.



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