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Cities will be key to a low carbon, resilient global economy able to address and adapt to climate change. Many are emerging as leaders cutting emissions and greening infrastructure. Photo ©Pline

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New York City has long been a pioneer in the effort to combat climate change. Over the past few years, the City Council passed over 100 pieces of legislation that reduced the City’s carbon emissions, and making the City more resilient in the face of climate change.

The ambition is to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. This will require raising energy efficiency standards for city-owned buildings and passing legislation to build “zero carbon” infrastructure.

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