Mayors and officials representing more than 500 cities organized and attended their own summit in Paris
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December 7, 2015 — Weekly News

What Paris Talks Have Accomplished So Far


By Michael R. Bloomberg

The two-week United Nations conference on climate change is halfway over, and no matter what else happens, it has already been a clear-cut success in two critical areas.

As important as a global accord is, the most influential actors on climate change have been cities and businesses, and leaders in both groups made it clear that they will not wait for an agreement that, if it comes together, won’t even take full effect until 2020.

Mayors and officials representing more than 500 cities organized and attended their own summit in Paris (which Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and I co-hosted). It was the first time local leaders had ever gathered in such numbers during a UN climate-change conference. They came not only to ensure that their voices were heard by heads of state, but also to express their determination to act on their own, and to learn from one another and share best practices.

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VIDEO: Highlights from the Climate Summit for Local Leaders


Mayors Call for More Powers to Fight Climate Change (Financial Times)
The Climate Summit for Local Leaders produced a declaration promising to deliver up to 3.7 gigatons of urban greenhouse gas emission reductions annually by 2030. Read More
Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris (The New York Times)
New report shows cities can help close the “emissions gap,” the divide between what countries have promised to do, before the climate talks, and what is needed to avert a rise in temperature above two degrees Celsius. Read More
The Local Goes Global, As Mayors Talk Climate Change in Paris (NPR)
With nations struggling to agree on how to reduce greenhouse emissions, many cities have stepped in to fill the gap. Some 1,000 mayors from around the world pledged new measures in Paris this week. Read More
Mike Bloomberg to Lead Financial Stability Board's New Task Force (Bloomberg)
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney backed a global effort to bring greater transparency to the way companies disclose the risks they face from climate change, wading into a debate that has ensnared some of the biggest fossil-fuel producers. Read More
The Artist Who is Bringing Icebergs to Paris (The New Yorker)
"Ice Watch” by the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the geologist Minik Rosing was installed at the Place du Pantheon during this week’s Climate Change Conference. Read More
Chinese Cities Share Low-carbon Development Experiences in Paris
A panel focused on the future of China at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders saw mayors of Beijing, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Guiyang and other Chinese cities share their strategies for and achievements in pursuing sustainable urbanization. Read More
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