Guest Blogger Ken Alex: California’s Global Climate Action Summit, September 12-14, 2018

[This is the final post in a series expressing my view of why California’s actions on climate change are so important and how they will change the world. The introductory post provides an overview and some general context.] Under the Paris Agreement, countries must evaluate progress towards their nationally determined commitments to reduce emissions every five years, as well as progress towards the goal of limiting warming to significantly below 2 degrees Celsius.  This is called (in UN-speak) “the global stocktake.”  The first opportunity for this exercise will take place next December at the 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, Poland. In light of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and broader concern about insufficient ambition of the international community, “non-state actors”(another UN-speak term, referring to entities that are not countries, including states, provinces, cities, businesses, NGOs) need to…

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