Wednesday, May 20, 2015

California, International Leaders Sign Climate Change Agreement

(L-R) Jalisco Governor Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz, Acre's Institute for Climate Change Director-President Magaly Medeiros, Baden-Wurttemberg's Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, California Governor Jerry Brown, Baja California Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, Catalonia's Territory and Sustainability Minister Santi Vila, and Ontario's Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray sign an agreement to limit the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees, in Sacramento, California May 19, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/Max Whittaker) Click to Enlarge.
California and leaders of 11 states and provinces signed an agreement on Tuesday to limit their output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases 80 to 95 percent by 2050, a goal they hope will help prevent runaway climate change.

The target, which is based on a 1990 benchmark, will allow the individual governments, which collectively represent more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, to tailor reduction plans to fit their regional needs.

Called "Under 2 MOU" for a Memorandum of Understanding designed to help keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius, the pact seeks to provide a template for countries to follow to cut emissions.

The temperature mark is the warming threshold at which governments say climate change could become catastrophic and irreversible.
Signatories of the agreement were Acre, Brazil; Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany; Baja California, Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Jalisco, Mexico; Ontario, Canada, British Columbia, Canada; Wales, and the U.S. states of Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray described the agreement as one of the strongest of any under international negotiations and gives sub-national governments a common voice at the Paris conference.

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