Today, the United States joins a growing group of countries proposing national contributions to a global climate pact to reduce carbon pollution. Ahead of negotiations in Paris this December, nearly every nation on Earth will be on this list, marking a major turning point on climate cooperation.
The US announcement is a big deal. It sends a long-term signal that US climate policy over the next decade will help drive emissions down and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Implementing this new climate target will also begin to line up US policy with growing majorities of Americans, as well as key business leaders, calling for more climate action now.
Although a milestone, the unprecedented collection of country pledges ahead of negotiations in Paris will need to be ramped up to reach the level of pollution cuts called for by our best scientists. Ahead of Paris, we’ll need additional cooperative action and to design a new international agreement that collaboratively closes this science gap as quickly as possible.
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