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United Kingdom showcases climate change efforts at global summit

United Kingdom showcases climate change efforts at global summit

Over the last three days, Californian Governor Jerry Brown has played host to an official programme of events that generated more than 500 commitments.

"Against this urgent and scary backdrop and against the backdrop of inaction in Washington DC. we also heard a way forward" against climate change at the summit, said Jennifer Granholm, a former MI state governor. Conceived as an effort to preserve and promote that momentum, the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and his subsequent decision, fulfilling a campaign promise, to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, gave the summit yet another objective.

California has passed a law committing to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045, setting it against US President Donald Trump's energy policy.

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

"The top-five economy in the world, and also so many states, they continue to follow the Paris agreement", Zhou said.

Kerry's criticism of Trump came a day after the president blasted Kerry on Twitter for meeting with high-level members of the Iranian government. Kerry disclosed recently that since leaving office he has met with the Iranian officials.

Like most people saying here, Trump's decision to exit from the Paris accord "is challenging, it's problematic for the federal government to have that stance", Hite said.

Gore, a Democrat, also criticized Trump for denying the death toll from last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico was almost 3,000 people.

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement Thursday that Bloomberg and California Gov.

Trump's Puerto Rico tweets draw bipartisan fire in Florida
The Puerto Rican government officially accepted the hurricane death toll at 2,675, but President Trump calls the number phony. President Donald Trump tours a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Maria , Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico .

Mayors from around the world attending the Global Climate Action Summit say they are working to increase fleets of electric buses and taxis.

On Thursday, dozens of states, regions and major cities committed to allowing only zero-emission cars, buses and trucks on their roads within a few decades.

The UN Environment highlighted the vital role of non-party stakeholders in propelling the global fight against climate change forward, in an excerpt of their Emissions Gap Report launched at the Summit. Cities, states, investors, and businesses are all in.

James Brainard, Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, listed a number of Republican presidents and their environmental accomplishments, including President Nixon's creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Brown is among a group of U.S. governors and mayors who have pledged to stick to the 2015 Paris 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".

The summit brought together local, regional and national governments from countries throughout the world - along with business and industry leaders. Great countries show leadership to the rest of the world on critical issues. "I know that other cities will look to our example, and I implore them to join us".

The crowd at one point blocked one of the entrances to the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, the site for the summit. It was unclear what specific actions might be taken before the summit ends Friday.


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