Global summit rebukes Trump, cheers on work to aid climate

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking during a panel discussion at the C40 Cities For Climate The Future Is Us kickoff event on Sept 12 2018

Brown concluded his climate change summit promising the state would send its own satellite into orbit to track the formation of pollutants that cause climate change. He said it reminded him of people "who want to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep people out from a country we go to for vacations".

The mayors, governors, and CEOs from around the world have stepped into the climate breach with concrete action as United Nations talks to implement the Paris climate treaty falter, and President Donald Trump dismantles U.S. policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"Climate change is a global challenge and Washington ought to be leading from the front", Bloomberg said. The California Air Resources Board is in the process of developing the monitoring technology used by the satellite. "The summit, with its focus on sub-national and non-state climate actors, is critical to maintain the momentum when the U.S. federal government is shirking its responsibility and commitment to the world", said Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of the New Delhi-based think tank Council on Energy, Environment, and Water.

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

The portal will therefore serve a critical function by capturing the breadth and depth of this action from the "real world" economy, gradually incorporating new data over the coming months from more than 12,000 stakeholders, and capturing many more commitments going forward.

"The president likes to talk about what a great country we are", Brainard said. "It gives us hope".

The commitment represents a almost fifty-fold expansion of its charging network, would prevent two million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere and would help establish infrastructure for a future in which EVs are expected to represent more than 50 percent of new vehicle purchases by 2040. The state is recruiting more partners.

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The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit set for Thursday is expected to gather more than 4,500 representatives from states, regions, cities, businesses as well as investors for discussions on policy and measures to bring down emissions.

The commitments "have added momentum to that global movement", said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, an outspoken climate change campaigner.

By signing the C40 Green and Healthy Streets Declaration, the pioneering city leaders pledged to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030.

The summit highlighted how the American states that are most rapidly embracing these changes are already showing stronger economic growth than those hewing to the Trump administration's approach - a stark counterpoint to the White House narrative that boosting fossil fuel dependence is key to prosperity.

"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.

Alliance members are vowing to meet the emissions reduction targets in the worldwide accord nonetheless. "But that's not enough", Leila Salazar-Lopez, executive director of US-based Amazon Watch, said during a protest action outside the event's venue.

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