Greenhouse gas emissions decline in dozens of cities
September 14, 2018
Over two dozen of the world's largest cities have seen emissions decrease over a five-year period, they have revealed. But a closer look at the list shows why it may be too early to celebrate.
Twenty-seven major cities, including Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York and Paris, have seen greenhouse gas emissions fall over a five-year period to levels at least 10 percent lower than their peak, they announced Thursday at a global climate summit in San Francisco.
The milestone was reached by cutting their usage of fossil-fuel-generated electricity, expanding their public transportation networks and reducing waste, according to C40 Cities, a network of large cities acting as leaders in combatting climate change.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said it was a relief to "finally share good news on climate change."
With economies continuing to grow even as emissions stagnate or fall, "we can prove that we can also create jobs, create opportunities with the ecological transition," she said.
Filling the void
Thousands of politicians, climate activists and business leaders from around the world have descended on San Francisco to boost efforts to reduce global warming.