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Brown Signs International Climate Agreement

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown explains the non-binding climate agreement he and regional leaders from several other countries were about to sign on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions. 

The 12 signers agree to achieve one of two goals by 2050. They can either meet an annual emissions target of less than two metric tons per person or reduce emissions to at least 80 percent below1990 levels.

Governor Jerry Brown is pursing agreements like this as he prepares to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December. And he says signers agree to recruit other governments as well.

"So that, by the time of Paris, there will be many, many states from throughout the entire world committed to the overall objective of reducing the rising temperature, the rising generation of greenhouse gases," Brown said.

California already has a goal of reducing emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Signers of today's non-binding agreement came from seven countries, including Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Canada.