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2020 election crucial for US to catch up on climate action

A significant expansion of state, city, and business climate action could reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by up to 37 percent by 2030 over 2005 levels even without federal support, according to projections published Monday. But the election of a president who advances a comprehensive national climate strategy could reduce emissions by 49 percent by 2030, around the levels UN experts deem a necessary stepping stone to meet the Paris accord goals needed to prevent runaway planetary warming. The figures were compiled by America s Pledge, a group founded in 2017 and financed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who this month announced he was running to be the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential election. Climate change experts quoted in the report, from the University of Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Institute, estimate the US is presently set to reduce emissions by 25 per cent by 2030 if sub-federal climate ambitions remain at their current levels. The main factors are ..

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