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The primary purpose of any government is to protect its citizens. Climate change poses a unique and growing threat to the lives, health and jobs of people in every city, state and around the world. The policies and budget priorities announced by President Trump in recent weeks threaten to undermine America’s global leadership on tackling climate change. If enacted this will be bad for the United States and bad for the planet.

It is now clearer than ever that cities must play a critical role in delivering the ambition of the Paris Agreement and prevent devastating impacts of climate change.

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Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Anne Hidalgo and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced they’re working to create schemes to score new cars based on their real-world emissions and their impact on air quality. The schemes will help consumers make better informed choices about the environmental impact of the cars they drive and prevent car manufacturers from exploiting loopholes in existing labelling schemes.

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The Singapore government has recently announced its intent to implement a carbon tax on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2019. This policy move aims to create a price signal on GHG emissions to incentivise emitters to factor in the costs of their GHG emissions in their business decisions, and encourage companies to innovate and improve their energy efficiency. This will enhance Singapore’s existing and planned mitigation efforts under its Climate Action Plan, and will stimulate clean technology and market innovation.

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