John Kerry blasts Pres. Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate pact

John Kerry blasts Pres. Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate pact

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed up an earlier commitment to divest the New York pension fund from fossil fuels with a new commitment to double the fund's investments in climate change solutions to $4 billion within three years, a GCAS press release reported. "But that's not enough", Leila Salazar-Lopez, executive director of US-based Amazon Watch, said during a protest action outside the event's venue.

Outside the conference, hundreds of protesters said Brown could do more in California, and about a dozen briefly interrupted Bloomberg's speech with chants that natural resources were not for sale.

Initial funding for the project has been provided by philanthropists Dee and Richard Lawrence and their Overlook International Foundation as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, it said.

Like most people saying here, Trump's decision to exit from the Paris accord "is challenging, it's problematic for the federal government to have that stance", Hite said.

The CEO of Salesforce, one of the world's largest online business software companies, urged fellow technology leaders at the conference to help fight climate change.

The climate action summit's two-day high-level plenary session, with its focus on the launch of the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap, to move from incremental to exponential action, began on Thursday.

"I'm a graduate student and so I think it's really important as well to have students and young folks involved", she said.

Salesforce recently opened a 61-story office tower in San Francisco that the company says relies on clean energy to operate.

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Jerry Brown, included a report that 27 major cities around the world have seen emissions decrease over a five-year period and are now at least 10 per cent lower than their peak.

The cities include Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and San Francisco.

Mayors from around the world attending the Global Climate Action Summit say they are working to increase fleets of electric buses and taxis. Nuttall said that the call to action will be taken by Patricia Espinosa to the UN General Assembly and brought into that One Planet Summit that French President Emmanuel Macron is doing during Climate Week by travellers in an electric vehicle that will leave San Francisco on the 14th of September and pass through states like Nevada, Kansas and New Jersey meeting the public, auto workers and those acting on climate change.

Trump announced in June 2017 the United States' intention to pull out of the global agreement, which Kerry signed while serving as President Barack Obama's secretary of state. But it also points to the limitations of working with so-called sub-national actors, which include just 17 U.S. states.

Amid swirling uncertainty about the commitment of the U.S. to global climate action under the Trump administration, cities and businesses have banded together to push for support for the Paris Agreement under the banner "America's Pledge".

Thousands of activists, mainly environmentalists, on Thursday staged a protest here, calling on Governor Brown to end oil drilling and gas production in California.

"Liar, criminal, fool - take your choice", he added when asked what Trump's environmental legacy would be.

Government leaders, businesses and civil society representatives flocked to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, to attend the GCAS, a summit from September 12 to 14.

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