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With Luminant Energy’s Announced Closure of Two Texas plants, 262 Have Retired or Announced to Retire, With 261 Remaining TEXAS — Luminant Energy’s announcement to close two of the nation’s largest and dirtiest coal plants in Central Texas means that more than half of the coal plants in America have retired or committed to retire […]
Bloomberg Announces $64 Million in New Funding to Move America Beyond Coal as Trump EPA Tries to Prop Up Dead End Fuel Source
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 11, 2017 – One day after the Trump Administration formally announced its plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s climate change policy that has been held up in federal court, Michael R. Bloomberg announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign […]
Will compile and quantify efforts from U.S. states, cities, businesses and other actors to address climate change in alignment with the Paris Agreement July 12, 2017 – NEW YORK – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched America’s Pledge on climate change, a new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, […]
Mike Bloomberg Sends Statement to the United Nations Following Unprecedented Outpouring of Support for Paris Agreement
Today, Mike Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, submitted an unprecedented statement of unity from hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors, state attorneys general, CEOs and others to achieve and eventually exceed America’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. In a letter to addressed jointly to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Bloomberg presented this declaration, called “We Are Still In.”
The strong consensus among scientists is that the climate is changing due to pollution from human activity. The timing and magnitude of the changes are harder to pin down, but we cannot stick our heads in the sand and ignore the risks they present, especially when we’re already seeing the effects all around us – whether they’re measured in rising sea levels, or depleting coral reefs, or the number of children with asthma.
Today, Mike Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, announced a commitment of up to $15 million to support the operations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretariat, including its work to help countries implement their commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Bloomberg will also work with other governments and philanthropies that may be interested in supporting the UNFCCC at this critical time. The pledge aims to fill a significant funding gap that comes as a result of President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement and proposed steep budget cuts for international programs, including on climate.
The Sierra Club – the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization – celebrated its 125th Anniversary at the Trail Blazers Ball in San Francisco with honorees Shailene Woodley and Michael R. Bloomberg. The Sierra Club’s 125th Anniversary Trail Blazers Ball was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Event co-chair Jack Dorsey (Twitter and Square CEO) introduced Bloomberg.
In the wake of discussions regarding the weakening of the E.P.A., the Clean Power Plan and the landmark Paris Agreement at COP 21 where 195 countries agreed to address climate change, 14 cities will join the discussion on the future of coal production – the largest contributor to climate change and a major risk to public health – by hosting screenings of National Geographic Documentary Films’ From the Ashes, a compelling and timely documentary that explores one of the country’s most contentious topics.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Funds to Support Local Economic Development Efforts in Coal Communities and Launches National Fundraising Campaign
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced funding to three organizations supporting economic development work in coal communities affected by job losses and industry decline. The funds will be used by the Coalfield Development Corporation, the Just Transition Fund, and the Western Organization of Resource Councils to provide job training programs, foster economic development and offer new career opportunities in communities affected by the decline in coal industry employment.
A global plan to save coral reefs from complete eradication caused by climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices launched today at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The initiative, called 50 Reefs, brings together leading ocean, climate and marine scientists as well as conservation practitioners from around the world to develop a list of the 50 most critical coral reefs to protect.
50 Reefs will be the first global plan to save the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. The final list and corresponding initiatives, to be announced later this year, will raise awareness of the increasing severity of climate change impacts on the ocean and catalyze the global action and investment required to protect these important reef systems for the future.