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California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord. The process of developing America's Pledge will also provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from USA states, cities, businesses and others, and will transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how and in which ways these entities can help the US deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement. "We're already halfway there".

The latest moves from USA states, cities and businesses came as Trump took a state visit to France to meet the country's recently elected President Emmanuel Macron this week.

A coalition of U.S. states, cities and businesses have pledged to collaborate on efforts to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in a further signal of defiance against President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Under the Paris deal, former President Barack Obama's administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. "The U.S. Climate Alliance is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Agreement, regardless of Washington's irresponsible actions".

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction.

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 "America's Pledge" initiative includes an analytical effort lead by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute.

"I am convinced that to be effective, action to address climate change must be taken at all levels of society, including by mayors, governors, local leaders, chief executive officers and others", said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

"Although the focus right now is on the states and cities in the United States following the announcement by the new administration, the fact is that this is part of a movement of sub-national governments around the world to contribute to the global climate agenda", Nuttall said. Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA).

However, Trump reportedly made a strong show of friendship to Macron in Paris yesterday, asserting that the two could work together closely despite their differences of opinion on climate change, although the US President remained non-committal on the possibility of the America re-joining the Paris Agreement, according to the Guardian. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.