Press Release

Continued Leadership in Carbon Cuts is Needed Before, and After, Paris

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2015) -- Upcoming global climate talks in Paris have already teed up the largest carbon cut pledges in history, but even those will leave the world far short of what we’ll need to avert the worst impacts of climate change, the influential group Climate Interactive noted in an analysis released today.

Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh made the following statement:

“Paris has already prompted pledges for the largest carbon cuts in history. We’ll need continued leadership to build on those gains and avert the worst dangers of climate catastrophe.

“Paris is an important milestone along a much longer journey. It's vital that we travel together and all move forward now. The pledges on the table are a strong start. We need to consolidate that progress in Paris and make ready for the road ahead.

“Companies, cities, states and financial institutions are helping to show the way forward, with innovative projects and real results that prove we can build the low-carbon economy of the future. Paris must help to accelerate this growing momentum for action and change.”

To learn more about world leaders’ climate commitments, please visit NRDC’s climate report card (published on 9/22/15):  http://www.nrdc.org/climategrades/

And here is a link to the Climate Interactive analysis: https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/scoreboard/

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