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"Against this urgent and scary backdrop and against the backdrop of inaction in Washington DC. we also heard a way forward" against climate change at the summit, said Jennifer Granholm, a former MI state governor.

Almost 500 chanting protesters blocked the intersections of 3rd and Howard St. and 3rd and Folsom St. under the watchful eye of a contingent of San Francisco police officers. The road reopened well before noon. Jerry Brown's recent executive order calling for the Golden State to be carbon-neutral by 2045, and experts say the state will have to thread the needle through significant legal, regulatory and practical challenges on the pathway to net-zero carbon emissions. Other activists were upset about cap and trade policies, which they say essentially allows participants to sell the right to pollute. "If they have a better one, let me know".

Many people around the world wrongly concluded that America was "walking away from climate action" when Trump pulled the country out of the Paris climate accord, but "nothing could be further from the truth", he said.

But California is just a state. "Our communities are growing healthier and more prosperous, and attractive to new businesses and workers".

"That is the most ambitious goal of anywhere in the world", he told AFP.

The update also represents a unique collaboration between UN Climate Change and its core data partners who have been working tirelessly to harvest and consolidate the climate commitments and actions of non-Party stakeholders (cities, regions, businesses and investors): CDP, Carbonn Climate Registry, Climate Initiative Bonds, Cooperative Initiative Platform, Global Covenant of Mayors, Investors on Climate Change, The Climate Group, and UN Global Compact.

It has also attracted celebrities, from actor Harrison Ford to primatologist Jane Goodall and musician Dave Matthew. "Despite the lack of leadership from Washington, it's really about action". "Here we have environmentalists protesting an environmental conference".

Heads of state from Fiji, Barbados and the Marshall Islands were there, as were environment ministers from national governments, including Norway, Costa Rica, and New Zealand, and the CEOs of big multi-national companies like Starbucks, L'Oréal and Unilever.

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"Whether we travel by auto, bus, or boat the need to move to zero-emission transportation is urgent", Brown said in a statement. The announcement from Brown's office did not contain an estimated cost or launch date.

"It's not much", she said. "We have the actual method of getting there".

"This bill shows once again that California's environmental exceptionalism is leading the way for the nation and the world", said Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, a co-author of the bill.

A total of 488 companies from 38 countries have adopted emission reduction pathways in line with the science of the Paris Agreement, up almost 40 per cent from past year.

"This is sort of the real economy speaking for itself", Figueres said.

By the time the curtain raised on the summit, Gov.

Showing what people closer to the action can do and are doing to fight global warming will help global leaders pledge to do more when they gather in 2020, Ogden and Figueres said. Government officials and industry leaders who attended China Pavilion, the summits three-day affiliate event, said these efforts have yielded fruitful results, and China's leadership will be vital in the future as countries join hands to tackle the urgent problem. This is the power of bottom-up climate actions. Climate change waits for nobody.


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