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Pershing says 'high-ambition coalition' could see life post-Paris

UNITED NATIONS -- The State Department's new top climate official wants to deploy the alliance of nearly 100 nations that successfully demanded an aggressive deal in Paris last year outside the main U.N. global warming negotiations.

Jonathan Pershing, who took over the top post at the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change a few weeks ago, said the so-called high-ambition coalition that helped deliver December's accord could also inject ambition into negotiations over shipping and airline emissions.


Ban Ki-moon declares climate deal 'new covenant with the future'

NEW YORK -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning declared the signing today of the Paris Agreement on climate change "a new covenant with the future."

Addressing a crowded assembly at U.N. headquarters, Ban said leaders from a record 171 nations have gathered to officially sign onto the landmark deal. It is, he said, the largest number of countries to ever sign onto an international agreement on a single day. Secretary of State John Kerry will address the gathering shortly, as well as French President Fran├žois Hollande and leaders from China, India and dozens of other nations.


Kerry, world leaders head to New York to sign climate deal

Most of the countries that agreed to last year's landmark Paris climate deal will converge on New York tomorrow to officially endorse it.

Officials from more than 150 nations are expected to be on hand when the agreement opens for signatures at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked heads of state early this year to make the journey to sign the deal themselves, and more than 60 heeded his call. Secretary of State John Kerry will sign the deal for the United States because President Obama is traveling in Europe.


CEOs, investors say Paris Agreement signing marks new era

The deal 195 nations finalized in December in Paris may be the most important climate agreement ever reached, but pockets of corporate leaders, financial regulators and money managers remember it for another reason: a shift in how the business community views global warming.

"For the first time, we're seeing a genuinely changed landscape for the private sector," said Edward Cameron, head of policy at We Mean Business, a group of investors and companies urging a shift from fossil fuels. "What we see now is growing momentum out of Paris."


Climate promises from mayors, CEOs hard to quantify -- study

It's hard to say whether businesses, cities and other "non-state actors" that made voluntary emissions and adaptation pledges toward the U.N. climate process over the last two years are doing what they said they would, according to a new report released today.

Researchers at Yale University and the National University of Singapore analyzed more than 11,000 voluntary climate actions offered up by mayors, CEOs and other players as part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change's "Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action."

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E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases.



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