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Obama in Chicago on Tuesday for Rahm climate summit

Obama in Chicago on Tuesday for Rahm climate summit

Technically, the USA can't give notice of its departure from the non-binding agreement until November 2019 under terms agreed upon when the pact was negotiated in 2015. Given the increasingly important role cities must play in driving climate action in the United States, the Awards will have a special focus on the leadership of US cities on the global stage.

Earlier this year, Trump declared that the USA would no longer be a part of the landmark 2015 accord with 196 countries, claiming the non-binding agreement imposed unfair standards on American businesses and workers.

"[The] good news is the Paris agreement - it was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own", he said, adding it was going to be "up to all of us".

"Global carbon emissions and global temperatures are still on the rise: 2015 was the warmest year on record until 2016 became the warmest on record", former President Barack Obama, who addressed the mayors who gathered to sign the climate agreement, said.

During the UN climate change conference in Germany last month, some 20 USA states, 110 cities and more than 1,400 businesses - which they said represented a bigger economy than any nation outside the U.S. and China - pledged to honor the commitment made in Paris.

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Chicago officials are billing the summit as the first of its kind in the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's honoured Obama will join. Nevertheless, in May 2017, Iran unveiled the National Strategic Plan on Climate Change, which outlines the role of every government sector in reducing Iran's carbon emissions and measures to mitigate the impacts of a warming planet on various sectors, including health and agriculture.

"Miami already floods on sunny days", Obama said. The city got a head start by closing its last two coal plants in 2012, and has retrofitted more than 54 million square feet of office building more energy efficient.

Emanuel agreed. "Where there is no EPA to police the polluters, we'll police the polluters", he said. The mayor didn't say how, exactly, that will be achieved, reports JDM.

He also would be discussing how the city's Better Buildings Challenge program works constructively with Milwaukee's building owners to help them operate more profitably while addressing climate change at the community level. "That said, as of now, yes, the leadership mantle on environmental sustainable policies is back at the city level".

They will build on UNESCO's updated Strategy for Action on Climate Change, adopted by the 195 Member States in November at the General Conference. "We have to ask, 'Is there a true commitment and what's the evidence of it?' So far we haven't seen it".


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