MV mayor affirms Paris accord goals


In the communique, the US added a footnote saying it's taking its own steps to reduce the country's carbon footprint.

Mayors who sign the statement vow to continue addressing climate change and uphold the climate-change goals set in the Paris agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump started June with a decision to renegotiate national commitments to the climate deal or leave it altogether.

"The United States will continue to engage with key worldwide partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities, preserving both a strong economy and a healthy environment", the footnote read.

There are costs for inaction on climate change, and they aren't just for environmentalists.

"We will not let climate policy, or indeed worldwide policy, (be) dictated by any country", Trudeau told legislators.

Fortunately for millions and millions of us seniors, Trump said "no". And lower than 1.5 degrees Celsius in the future.

Moreover, Lee said, California is still committed to fighting global warming. Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth.

A USA federal decision to leave the Paris climate agreement strengthened the resolve of those concerned by climate change, the European president said. "Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated", said Pruitt.

While the decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement-which would have seen the USA strive to reduce carbon emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels-may signal a shift in the attitude of the federal government, Seligson said that the fight to curb climate change is still a collaborative one. Rather, it says that the accord is "the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change and adapting to its effects".

"They needed to hear why America was stepping away from the Paris accord, and they did", Perry said.

More than 270 USA mayors representing 58 million Americans have now announced that they remain committed to the goals of the Paris Agreement, and 30 cities across the nation have upped the ante by officially committing to transition to using 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

As the largest per capita carbon emitter and economy in the world, the US must commit to climate action.

The communique includes this item on climate science that the USA also refused to sign onto: "We support an interactive evidence-based dialogue drawing on the best available science, including reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change".

The policy statement also calls for Florida, if she is elected governor in 2018, to ban fracking and oppose any expansions in off-shore oil drilling, and to invest in a clean-energy economy, starting with solar energy.

"Let us make sure that Europe takes its part in this economic opportunity", he said.