Sunday, 23 September, 2018

4 groundbreaking announcements from the global climate Action Summit

By announcing California's first satellite launch, Gov. Jerry Brown ends climate summit with a cosmic boom California is launching its 'own damn satellite' to track climate pollutants
Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 21:20

California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday pledged to launch a satellite that will track and detect the sources of climate pollutants, his state's latest effort to challenge the Trump administration's skepticism about the science of climate change.

"We're under attack by a lot of people, including Donald Trump, but the climate threat still keeps growing", Brown said as he capped off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

"Today, we announce that this "bottom up" movement will put us within striking distance of the USA commitment to the Paris Agreement, even with zero support from our federal government", Bloomberg said, according to The Nation.

Government leaders, businesses and civil society representatives flocked to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, to attend the GCAS, a summit from September 12 to 14.

"The summit aims to reinstall momentum in climate action as well as bring together leaders from government as well as private institutions and companies to take up more climate commitments", said Ajay Mathur, director-general of the New Delhi based think tank and research outfit, TERI.

Here is a roundup of some of the highlights.

The genesis of this summit can be traced to the 2015 Paris climate talks.

"It is an incredible achievement for these 27 cities, including Paris, to have peaked their emissions", Hidalgo said. This culminated with its inclusion in the Paris Agreement outcome where countries welcomed the efforts of these actors to scale up their climate actions and encouraged the registration of these actions on NAZCA.

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It is not enough for cities to rest on past accomplishments.

The update also represents a unique collaboration between UN Climate Change and its core data partners who have been working tirelessly to harvest and consolidate the climate commitments and actions of non-Party stakeholders (cities, regions, businesses and investors): CDP, Carbonn Climate Registry, Climate Initiative Bonds, Cooperative Initiative Platform, Global Covenant of Mayors, Investors on Climate Change, The Climate Group, and UN Global Compact.

Ahead of the summit, de Blasio had joined with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to call on other cities to divest from fossil fuels and invest in solutions like renewable energy.

"New York City leads from the front when it comes to the fight against climate change", de Blasio said. The nonprofit's spacecraft will focus exclusively on monitoring methane emissions coming out of 80 percent of the world's oil and gas production facilities. USCM president and Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin said in a statement that "cities of all sizes know that climate change is real".

Commitments included reducing carbon emissions, developing a low-carbon, regional transportation system, improving building efficiency and reducing food waste 50 percent by 2030.

Gore said an increasing number of people are embracing the need to combat climate change.

The company announced a pledge to add 2.5 million charging points to its network within the next seven years on Friday, according to a press release emailed to EcoWatch. In the case of the satellite project, it is part of a broader global data-sharing effort that officials hope can drive the elimination of greenhouse gases equaling that spewed by 200 million vehicles each year.

It was organized by California Gov.

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