REPORT: US almost halfway to achieving Paris climate goals thanks to city, state action

The United States is almost halfway toward achieving the goals of the Paris climate accord, thanks to the efforts of state and city government, a new report says.

The report, entitled "Fulfilling America’s Pledge: by the America’s Pledge initiative" — led by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — found current commitments and market forces will cut emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2025, around two-thirds of the way to the pledge of 26-28%. The report said city and state governments deserve credit as well as businesses, having argued earlier this year for a "bottom-up strategy" to fight climate change.

"While headlines focus on the political fights in Washington, the real action on climate change is happening in cities, states and the private sector," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Those groups are positioning the U.S. to uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, no matter what happens in Washington."

Read the full report here