European cities join global effort on climate

European cities join global effort on climate

Euractiv online

http://www.euractiv.com/en/climate-environment/european-cities-join-global-effort-climate-news-

499927 (23 November 2010)

A number of large European cities are promising to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions as part of a major international initiative to tackle climate change. The initiative was launched at a conference in Mexico City on 21 November 2010.

Background

The Copenhagen UN climate change conference in December 2009 was designed to outline a new international treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

But after two weeks of extenuating talks, world leaders delivered an agreement that left Europeans “disappointed” as it did not include binding commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.