Even if there is no breakthrough when 126 heads of state attend UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit in New York September 23, there are still high stakes attached to the discussion, InsideClimate News reports. Cushman’s preview feature tracks the research and momentum leading up to the summit, all pointing to the need for urgent action to keep average global warming to 2ºC/3.6ºF. “In the real world, what we see is significant climate action being taken not only by individual nations, but by all sorts of other actors: municipalities, states, individuals, businesses, sectors,” wrote Michael Liebreich, Chair of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance advisory board. “There are bilateral deals, multilateral actions in all sorts of forums. Is it enough to limit climate change to 2°C? Not yet. But it is enough to demonstrate that a top-down deal is far from the be-all and end-all of climate action—indeed, that it may not be needed at all.”
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