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Hawaii Becomes First State to Sign Law Aligning with Paris Agreement

10 June 2017

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In a show of support for the Paris climate agreement, Gov. David Ige and Hawaii's county mayors and representatives gathered Tuesday for the signing of two bills and a mayors' agreement that support the commitments and goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

Washington governor Jay Inslee, New York's Andrew Cuomo, and California's Jerry Brown announced the formation of the group on June 1, following Trump's announcement about the Paris Agreement.

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Second, the accord was non-binding, meaning the US doesn't have to withdraw to avoid meeting its obligations-a pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020. "We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy".

The bills outlines several strategies, plans, and advancements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the global treaty's goals.

"We're not going to back off of this; it's too important", he said.

The Paris agreement commits the USA and other countries to keep rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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"I happen to think climate change is happening much too rapidly to be a naturally occurring phenomenon". "We are committed to ensuring that we will do our best to address the issue related to climate change and global warming", Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said, hours after the United States had announced its withdrawal.

The initiative was coordinated among over a dozen groups working on collective climate action.

But not all U.S. states (or cities) are on board.

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Garcetti is a co-founder of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which issued a statement signed by him and 60 other mayors pledging to adhere to the climate agreement.