81 Companies Now Signed on to American Business Act on Climate Pledge
& Climate Talks in Bonn
October 23, 2015
In a continuing effort to ramp up support for a strong global climate agreement out of COP21, the White House announced that 81 companies have now signed on to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, as detailed by this White House Fact Sheet (10/19).
The pledge – launched this past summer – had 13 initial signatories. By signing, companies are voicing support for a strong Paris outcome and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to climate action.
Huffington Post (10/19) reports that new signers include Starbucks, Target, Mars, McDonalds, and Intel.
The White House (10/22) also launched the U.S.-Pakistan Clean Energy Partnership which will support new private sector investments in Pakistan in clean energy generation, transmission, and distribution. USAID is a partner in the initiative.
Christian Science Monitor (10/19/15) covered the climate talks in Bonn this week, as delegations from almost 200 countries are meeting to finalize the draft agreement before the COP21 negotiations in Paris this December.
Reuters (10/20) explains that in response to the fact that the slimmed-down 20-page version of the text did not include key proposals on issues like climate finance for developing countries, countries were permitted to insert “must-have items.” The updated text is now 34 pages long.
As reported by The Guardian (10/20), the Dalai Lama urged strong global action to limit global warming and protect fragile environments, calling climate change a “problem which human beings created.” The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said all of humanity is now responsible for taking action.
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