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California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

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Sierra Club Beyond Coal director Mary Anne Hitt in Paris

The United States Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan group of states, is committed to upholding the agreement.

In 2015, during the lead-up to the Paris conference on climate change, the US submitted its "Nationally Determined Contribution" committing to reduce emissions 26-28% against 2005 levels by 2025.

Today, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown announced "America's Pledge,"a plan for cities and states to lead the way on cutting climate pollution 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025". President Macron has been critical of Trump's approach to climate change.

"W$3 e're sending a clear message to the world that America's states, cities and businesses are moving forward with our country's commitments under the Paris Agreement - with or without Washington", Brown said in the release.

Bloomberg said: "In the USA, 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". "We're already halfway there".

In November, Brown and Bloomberg, along with other US governors, mayors, and business leaders, will present the climate commitments of USA subnational and non-state actors at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, and offer a set of best practices to help fellow signatories continue to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

It will see the Carbon dioxide reduction commitments of those involved aggregated in order to provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from USA states, cities and businesses in order to help the U.S. deliver on its Paris Agreement pledges, despite President Trump's promise to leave the accord.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted a possible change in his position over the Paris climate accord from which he withdrew weeks ago. Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the USA find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes.

Presenting the legislative package to state senate lawmakers yesterday, Brown argued there was an urgent need to combat climate change, which he described as a "threat to organised existence", according to US News.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens", said Trump, Xinhua reported.

These intricately detailed plans will "transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how these entities can help the U.S. deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement". Trump's departure from the Paris agreement may long roil the worldwide diplomatic community, but the parties behind Bloomberg and Brown's plan hope to develop a playbook for emissions reductions that will help the US meet its climate change agreements - whether or not it is a signatory to that treaty. "We will talk about that in the coming period of time", Trump is quoted as saying, before reportedly shrugging his shoulders and adding: "if it happens that will be wonderful, if it doesn't that will be ok, too".

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