Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris Say They Have Their Own Climate Deal


Hawaii has become the first American state to pass environmental measures that adhere to the Paris climate agreement, just days after President Donald Trump announced the U.S.

The government will also launch a website dedicated to attract climate change researchers from the United States and other countries as well as businesses involved in climate-linked innovation to France, Castaner said. The article notes that 13,000 Pittsburgh resident are employed by the renewable resource industry.

The letter states that local and state governments and businesses have the primary responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"In the absence of executive leadership in the United States, an unprecedented alliance is emerging among cities like ours to push progress forward", the op-ed reads.

The letter lists North Carolina among nine states who believe Trump's actions "undermine a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damage the world's ability to avoid the most risky and costly effects of climate change".

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"Hawaii's natural environment is under threat", Ige said. "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme". One bill aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions statewide; the other bill creates a task force that will work to improve the soil and capture and store carbon dioxide.

The letter does not now include any Republican governors, though it has been reported that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) plans to join the newly formed U.S. Climate Alliance, which seeks to uphold the goals of the Paris Accord. India had signed the Paris Agreement, not due to pressure from any country, nor (out of) greed. That's not far from former President Barack Obama's goals for a reduction of 25 to 28 percent as part of the Paris accord, Perciasepe said.

As it happens, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 50 of the poorest and most vulnerable countries, mainly in Africa and Asia, have been working on ways to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change for a number of years and have gained considerable knowledge from experience on what works and what doesn't when it comes to adapting to climate change.

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