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Cities have to cut emissions in half within ten years in the latest commitments!

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On Tuesday, by the end of this decade, Mayors from 1049 cities worldwide committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in half. The urban centres on the front lines of the climate crisis have to act on an urgent basis. To handle climate change, the city mayors are increasingly using their networks for forcing national politics to start the action on the ground. According to the latest commitments, the emissions have to be cut in half within ten years and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This covers cities with a combined global population of 730 million people. If the targets are achieved then it would be like from the atmosphere removing 1.5 gigatons of carbon.

The inability of significant powers to reduce the usage of fossil fuels rapidly, the main reason for worldwide global warming, has affected the smaller, poorer countries. These countries face the worst effects. In the US AND EU-led effort, nearly 90 countries have joined in slashing methane emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels. According to experts, there is a recognition that while nations are struggling to meet their Paris climate goals, cities are succeeding.

Cities are both victims and sources of the climate crisis. Two-thirds of C40 cities have exceeded or met on time or early Paris commitments. These are the 97 largest cities in the world. Roughly half of the world’s population is crowded in cities today, the risks of climate inaction have increased today. Cities create 75% of global CO2 emissions, notably from transport and buildings. The cites mayors are tackling extreme flooding, wildfires, and record heat brought on by global warming.

C40 members by the end of the decade have to prove they are working to achieve the overall goal of halving net carbon emissions. Members get access to technical support and training to develop climate plans. They get a chance to secure C40 funding and encouragement. To bring about changes, taxes are another tool for the city authorities. There is a massive gap between what is needed to invest in net-zero and what is currently happening.

 By the end of the century, the risks are expected to increase dramatically. 85% of the world’s population is forecast to live in urban centres, according to OECD. The urban centres with less greenery and more concrete make global warming especially pronounced. From 1.9 degrees to 4.4 degrees celsius, the average summer temperatures are expected to increase. Mayors are very on edge coming out of COVID looking at climate change, and they are inspired by each other.

Most aggressive targets among U.S. cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been set. Los Angles’s Green New Deal calls for all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and the cities operations to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The city also developed a plan to ensure that 80% of all new cars sold in Los Angeles are electric by 2028. The city has been riddled with wildfires that have grown in intensity and frequency each year. Last month California Governor declared a statewide drought emergency. The state is experiencing the worst drought since the late 1880s.

 

 

 

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Tina Hayden

Tina is a freelance writer based in Maine. She earned her bachelor’s in journalism at Temple University. She has written several high-level documentations for local magazine. She loves to travel and vlog her vacations when she is not writing. [email protected]

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