How Local Governments Are Addressing Climate Change



Back in June of last year, President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, the agreement among most of the world's countries aiming to limit the rise in global temperatures.

Since the U.S. is now the only country in the world that is not part of the signature pact, that announcement may have been the Trump administration's most headline-grabbing move related to climate change, but it's just one of many aimed at limiting the federal government's role in the matter.

However, while our federal government may be removing itself from having any role in addressing climate change, the good news is that local governments have stepped up in its place to fight the rise in global temperatures. According to a recent report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the U.S. is still on course to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, due in large part to the actions cities and states have taken.

If the more than 3,000 city, state and business leaders who have made pledges to cut carbon emissions fulfill them, U.S. emissions will decrease to 17 percent less than 2005 levels by 2025, according to the report. The report measures the impact of America's Pledge, a plan by California Gov. Jerry Brown and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that supports cities, states and other entities in making commitments in line with the Paris accord.

The report came out around the same time about 4,500 representatives from city governments, regional governments and research institutions met in California for the Global Climate Action Summit. The meeting aimed to speed up efforts to prevent global temperature rise.

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