John Kerry blasts Pres. Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate pact

17 September, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • California is launching its 'own damn satellite' to track climate pollutants

Key commitments in these five areas will be presented at the end of the Global Climate Action Summit today, and by the New York Climate Week in a fortnight, UN Climate Change will have uploaded all the actions under each of these five areas to the area, effectively serving as the legacy tool for the Summit.

The summit came with 2018 on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record globally.

The survey showed that cities are investing heavily in renewable energy, as 65% said they use low-carbon sources for municipal operations.

As leaders gather in California this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS2018), UN Climate Change is presenting a revamped version of its Climate Action Portal, featuring the accelerated action underway by cities, regions, companies and investors to achieve the collective goals of the Paris Agreement.

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.

The gathering organized by California Governor Jerry Brown ended with Brown announcing the West Coast state was venturing into space monitoring of climate-changing emissions.

"It nearly is like China and the USA, they haven't missed a beat in this bilateral partnership on climate change because California has really stepped in to fill the role", Hsu said. Together the cities include about 54 million people.

"Cities all over the world are on the front lines of climate change", said Frank Jensen, lord mayor of Copenhagen, adding that the bicycle-friendly city wants even more bike lanes.


Amid swirling uncertainty about the commitment of the USA to global climate action under the Trump administration, cities and businesses have banded together to push for support for the Paris Agreement under the banner "America's Pledge".

"The fact that China sent a very high-level delegation to California, that was huge", said Angel Hsu, an expert on China's environmental policy at Yale.

"We are seeing businesses lead the way, we are seeing investors lead the way, we are seeing cities and counties and all kinds of civic organizations leading the way", he said. "It borders not only on insanity, but criminality", Brown said.

Trump announced previous year that he was withdrawing from the l climate accord. It can't officially negotiate at the United Nations as part of the Paris agreement process, which is still seen as the backbone of global climate action.

His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards.

The summit also included a push for more efforts to trap climate-changing emissions in forests, soils, oceans and other natural systems. "We're taking a stand for generations to come with our goal to double our pension investments in job-creating climate solutions".

Johan Rockstrom, left, the Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center and Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism and Convenor, Mission 2020, give a presentation during the opening plenary of the Global Action Climate Summit Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in San Francisco.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

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