Gov. Brown says California will launch satellite

Katie Ramirez
September 17, 2018

Even a decade ago, such commitments would have seemed unthinkable, said Nicholas Stern, who heads the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in London.

The three-day GCAS attracted more than 4,500 representatives from leaders of governments and businesses, regions, cities, investors and civil organizations on topics of climate change that impacts hugely on the future of both the globe and human existence.

California is the second U.S. state after Hawaii to commit to carbon-free energy.

He, along with philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have launched America's Pledge, which has secured commitments from thousands of sub-national actors to cut carbon pollution.

"China has taken this Global Summit very, very seriously and we hope to build on that in months and years ahead as California, the USA and China's Jiangsu Province in particular will work even more closely to combat climate change", said the governor.

"This bill shows once again that California's environmental exceptionalism is leading the way for the nation and the world", said Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, a co-author of the bill.

California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018.

After a week in which cities and companies announced plans to speed action on global warming, a San Francisco climate summit ended Friday with host California promising to launch its own satellite to track major emissions sources. "Here we have environmentalists protesting an environmental conference".

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

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The summit's goal is to have cities, countries and private industries work to more than double that reduction by 2025. Eight cover 100% of their needs with renewable power, and 27 cover 30% or more of their needs with renewable power.

"To me, Gov. Brown is a climate hero", said Todd Stern, the head U.S. climate negotiator in Paris. "People are stepping up at local levels and so I think that's really important and luckily they're all taking steps to do about it to fill the gaps", she said.

The 2015 Paris agreement commits countries to set their own plans for cutting emissions.

Brown and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a report this week showing that the voluntary promises made by more than 3,000 cities, states, business and non-profit organizations as part America's Pledge will get the USA less than half the way to the pollution cuts it promised in the Paris agreement.

But it was also clear that natural ways to store carbon need to be used more effectively quickly to deal with growing climate threats, he said.

That may be why Gov.

"You don't snap your fingers and say now it's done", Brown said.

China is an active player in global climate governance, which has made major contributions to not only the Paris Agreement on climate change, but also bilateral and multilateral cooperation in addressing the climate challenge, Xie said.

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.

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