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Colorado joins US Climate Alliance as 14th member

15 July 2017

This time, he's teaming up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch "America's Pledge", an initiative to compile all of the climate change-fighting commitments of states, cities, businesses and universities in one place where they can be easily tracked and shared. The two leaders are disagree on climate policy, with Macron a vocal supporter of the Paris Agreement who has openly criticised the Trump's decision to back out of the accord.

"In the US, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government-and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", said Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, in a statement.

Now boasting 14 member states and territories - including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii and Puerto Rico - representing 33 percent of the US population, the alliance's No. 1 principle is continued support of the Paris Agreement, including the USA goal of ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions roughly 28 percent from 2005 levels.

Climate action will continue to happen in the USA thanks to action by cities, states, businesses, and grassroots advocates, including the Sierra Club and our Beyond Coal and Ready For 100 Campaigns.

Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the US find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes. Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States. The coalition aims to significantly reduce emissions "at a time of limited federal leadership", according to a press release.

Severe weather, flooding possible across southeast MI
This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area, especially of low-lying and poor-drainage areas in downtown Kannapolis. It was at 17.19 feet at 5:30 a.m. today and expected to fall out of the action stage around 8 p.m. today.

The announcement comes as California's Democratic governor leads efforts to push back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 deal made among almost 200 nations that committed each country to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

While backed by congressional Republicans, the USA withdrawal has been met with criticism on the world stage. The analysis, led by the think-tanks World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute, will compare that effect with business-as-usual scenarios, as well as the Obama-era Paris commitment.

Finally, the America's Pledge will present a game plan for raising the bar and expanding the map when it comes to non-Party actors driving down USA emissions.

"This is demonstrably not an issue that can be addressed by national governments alone", he said.

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Colorado joins US Climate Alliance as 14th member