Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

California governor urges world to work together on climate change

California is launching its 'own damn satellite' to track climate pollutants Clashing with Trump, California governor says to launch climate satellite
Grady Vargas | 18 September, 2018, 08:31

Heads of state from Fiji, Barbados and the Marshall Islands were there, as were environment ministers from national governments, including Norway, Costa Rica, and New Zealand, and the CEOs of big multi-national companies like Starbucks, L'Oréal and Unilever. "Pick your choice." Brown added that reducing coal regulations and subsidizing it, as well as reducing California vehicle standards, are major assaults on the well-being of people in the state and in the world.

The Democratic Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference Thursday on the first full day of the summit that is partly a rebuke of the Trump administration.

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.

'Brown had tough words for Trump, who yanked the USA out of the landmark Paris Agreement and is trying to rescind California's right to set its own vehicle emissions standard.

The group, which says it is made up of elder women activists working to address the climate crisis, chanted "Listen to your Grandma, no more fracking!"

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.

Recent studies have underscored the vital role that these actors are playing to reduce global emissions and, in doing so, to create unstoppable momentum towards the Secretary-General's 2019 Climate Summit.

Initial funding for the project has been provided by philanthropists Dee and Richard Lawrence and their Overlook International Foundation as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, it said.

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

California is launching its 'own damn satellite' to track climate pollutants
Revamped UN Climate Action Portal

No one has tallied up the combined impact all these high-profile new commitments could have, but most summit attendees seem to agree that Gov.

He says climate change can't be solved by any one person, any scientific community or any business.

"I'm a graduate student and so I think it's really important as well to have students and young folks involved", she said.

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. "We have the actual method of getting there". He said the satellite will help the state pinpoint polluters.

Former Vice President Al Gore says a new president can, with 30 days' notice, get the United States back into the global climate agreement that President Trump pulled of a year ago.

Meanwhile, a growing body of research suggests that even the Paris commitments to capping rising temperatures are still too high to avoid a climate calamity.

"Everywhere you look there's a challenge", Brown said.

"We're going to launch our own satellite".

Ghosh said that India must use this opportunity provided by the California summit to "demonstrate its climate actions, by virtue of its power of resistance to inequities in climate politics, its power of example set through domestic policies and actions, and its power of leadership at the worldwide level, such as the global Solar Alliance".

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