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December 1, 2016

Mayors look to tackle climate change at city level

 

Pledge on local action comes as Trump election cools hopes of national progress

By Ed Crooks (Financial Times)

The mayors of Atlanta, Cape Town, Paris and Vancouver have pledged to lead a 7,000-city push to combat the threat of climate change, even as Donald Trump’s election as US president dims hopes for co-ordinated national action.

The cities, along with Seoul, Quito and others, will join the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors, chaired by Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, and Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission.

The group’s more than 7,000 members have all signed up to work on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make cities more resilient to the potential impacts of climate change.

Mr Bloomberg said he expected US businesses, states and cities to continue with action on climate change, even if Mr Trump puts a brake on initiatives at the national level.

“Almost all the progress made in the US was made by corporations and states. What’s driving the climate issue is public support.”  -Mike Bloomberg

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

At the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Mexico City, Mike announces Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo as the next Chair of C40 Cities and declares that she will work to promote more female leaders who are fighting climate change. Bloomberg and Hidalgo are pictured here with Summit city-host Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera of Mexico City and Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro and C40 Cities' outgoing Chair. Watch the Mayors Summit here.
Mike with the winning mayors of the Latin American and the Caribbean Mayors Challenge (L to R): Mayor Fernando Haddad of São Paulo, Mayor Federico Gutiérrez of Medellín, Councillor-elect Jorge Acosta of Santiago, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá, and Mayor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez of Guadalajara. Learn more about the cities' innovative and bold ideas here.
Mike joins Carlos Slim at the Foro México Hacia el 2017 for a conversation on Mexico's economic and political future, moderated by Eric Schatzker.
As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' obesity prevention work in Mexico, Mike visits República de Honduras Primary School which has taken steps to reduce the intake of junk food and sugary beverages in schools.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera shows Mike and Bloomberg Associates' Principal Janette Sadik-Khan around the City's transformed historic center, highlighting Bloomberg Associates' collaboration with the city to create safer streets for all. 

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Since 2006, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ investment of more than $600 million to reduce tobacco use has helped protect nearly 1.7 billion people from smoking’s health hazards, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. Forbes
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An art installation is drawing attention to urban blight in three upstate New York cities by illuminating the windows of vacant properties. The New York Times
As Soda Taxes Gain Wider Acceptance, Your Bottle May Be Next
Voters in San Francisco, Oakland, Albany, CA, and Boulder, CO, stunned the industry by approving measures in favor of soda taxes. With that public momentum, a soda tax may be coming to a city near you. The New York Times
Big Bet Philanthropy: How More Givers Are Spending Big And Taking Risks To Solve Society's Problems
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