New York City Mayor calls for "urgent daring actions" to tackle climate change

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Bill de Blasio. UN Photo/Cia Pak

New York City is firmly committed to an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

That's what the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, told world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to discuss climate change on Tuesday.

Mr de Blasio spoke about the devastation caused by climate change and recalled that two years ago Hurricane Sandy left 44 people dead in the city.

He warned that the storms to come will be far more lethal and told world leaders that they don't have options but only one choice to take what he called "urgent daring actions".

"New York City has already begun. Greenhouse gas emissions are down 19 per cent from 2005 because of a plan instituted by my predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, now the UN's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. This was vitally necessary. But now we must go even further. On Sunday I announced that New York City is firmly committed to an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050."(26")

Mayor de Blasio said New York City is now the largest city in the world to commit to what he described as a "bold plan".

He said by 2025 all city-owned buildings will be energy efficient and voluntary reductions will be set for privately owned buildings.

However, if there is no steady progress, clear mandates will be issued.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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