San Francisco, Sep. 13 (Notimex).- Scientists warned here at the World Summit on Climate Change that global emissions should peak in 2020 if the planet wants to avoid catastrophic warming.
That was the warning launched on Thursday, when a large number of events and a plenary of the Summit took place, attended by more than 4,500 delegates, including country presidents, officials, academics, politicians and environmentalists.
In this framework, it was highlighted that in 27 cities that committed themselves to measures against climate change, emissions are decreasing and economies grow.
These "peak emissions" cities are home to some 54 million people. Its emissions have declined over the past five years, and are falling at an average of 2.0 percent per year, even as its population grows. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among the cities that peaked.
"While Washington refuses to act, while homes are lost while firefighters die ... US cities say this is real and we will take action," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, vice president of C40 Cities, a coalition of cities that work to comply with the Paris climate agreement.
Cities took different paths to reduce emissions, but they share some things in common. Many focused on moving coal energy from their power grids and incentivizing energy efficient buildings.
In Paris, heavy investments for the expansion of public transport paid big dividends. The mayor of Milan boasted about the progress of his city by imposing a more climate friendly vision for garbage collection.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of this week's Global Climate Action Summit, noted the steps taken by leaders in Republican-controlled cities in Indiana, Florida and Texas, arguing that the fight against climate change is not a partisan concern.
"Cities are where people are". The cities are where the problems are. The cities are where the solutions are, "said Bloomberg.