BBC (9/3) said the U.S. and China – representing almost 40 percent of global carbon emissions – formally joined the Paris climate agreement. The agreement will come into legal force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions.
The White House (9/3) posted remarks by President Obama, who said the U.S. and China’s joint leadership on climate has been one of the most significant drivers of global climate action.
Reuters (9/3) said the U.S., China and Europe pledged support for a new aviation emissions deal to be finalized at a September meeting of the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization. The deal will aim to curb carbon pollution from all international flights at 2020 levels.
Bloomberg (8/31) reported that Mexico and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec will work together to develop carbon markets to reduce greenhouse gases as laid out in a new international deal announced last week.
The Guardian (9/5) said Morocco plans to install solar energy systems in 600 mosques across the country by March 2019 in an effort to raise awareness and speed the country’s transition to clean energy.
Mongabay (9/5) said Vietnam’s ongoing cycle of urban migration increases the country’s vulnerability to climate change and challenges its ability to advance green and sustainable growth.
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