A recent report by Data Driven Yale and collaborators concluded that local action by sub-national governments and governance systems of cities, regions and individual businesses could deliver most, but not all, of the carbon reductions necessary to avoid a global 2°C temperature rise.
Evidence of local action was demonstrated this week in the US. Regardless of the mood in the Oval Office at the White House, California is embracing collaboration with Beijing on climate action. This week California Governor Jerry Brown joined former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to host an international summit addressing climate action.
As the Data Driven Yale research shows, by 2030, global greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 1.5 to 2.2 GtCO2e/year from delivering the currently planned individual commitments of around 6,000 cities, states and regions, and over 2,000 companies, compared to the current national policies that are underway.
Image: Data Driven Yale
This story is taken from the 14 August 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.