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Local governments boost climate action across the globe

August 6, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: IISD) Following President Trump’s announcement of the US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, subnational authorities, including federal states and cities, made ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction pledges consistent with the Paris Agreement goals. Over the past weeks, Australian local governments; California, US; and Spain’s autonomous community of Catalonia undertook mitigation actions through GHG emissions reductions and emissions trading, among others. California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill extending the state’s cap-and-trade program by 10 years until 2030 to ensure that California continues to meet its climate change goals. The law also introduces a number of improvements, including cutting the use of out-of-state carbon offsets, decreasing free carbon allowances and prioritizing cap-and-trade spending. The bill passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly with support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers as well as over 150 environmental, climate, public health, clean energy and technology, agriculture, food processing, business, labor, local government, community and utility leaders; researchers and economists; and newspaper editorial boards from across the state. Read full article….

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