Today, on Earth Day, President Obama delivered remarks from the Florida Everglades on the impacts of climate change and how the administration is responding.
Following is a statement from Sam Adams, director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute:
“The message for Earth Day is clear: We need to do more to protect our lands and our communities from the impacts of climate change. From sea-level rise in Florida to drought in California, the reality is that climate change is no longer a distant threat.
A bipartisan group of county governments are taking action to protect Florida's coastal communities from sea level rise. Will they inspire greater momentum at the state and federal levels?
米国人が使う「now you’re talking（そうだね）」というあいづちの裏には、「ようやく本気を出したね」という意味が込められている。気候変動対策に本腰を入れるとは、言葉による約束を実行に移すということであり、それも思い切った策でなければならない。
Snow-capped mountain ranges no longer have snow. Citizens fear they'll lose access to water. And farmers continue to draw scarce groundwater.
So what can California do to shore up its dwindling water supply?
Climate change is an area where the United States needs to lead, says former Governor of New Mexico and WRI Board member Bill Richardson. Doing so will create a better planet for our children and a more prosperous future for our country.
The new US commitment to tackling climate change is a serious and achievable plan. The country will double its rate of emissions cuts between 2020 and 2025, reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
In response to the United States’ submission of its proposed climate action plan to the United Nations, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC), World Resources Institute board members released the following statements:
Felipe Calderón, former President of México, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and Board Member, WRI:
The United States submitted its proposed climate action plan, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) for inclusion in the global climate agreement to be finalized in Paris this December. The proposal includes a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, WRI:
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants, are a small but rapidly growing component of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, climate-friendly substitutes exist, and some of these alternatives can even create net savings for consumers.