Hawaii rebels against Trump with new climate targets

Hawaii is among a number of states making a stand against the president’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, but is the first to pass legislation on the issue

Hawaii has defied US national policy by passing a bill that matches the carbon emissions reduction goals originally set by the Paris climate change agreement.

On 6 June, Hawaii’s governor David Ige signed in two environmental laws, one of which specifically sets emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris agreement, while the second will see the creation of a state taskforce to improve soil health and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“Climate change is real, regardless of what others may say,” said Ige at the signing.

The non-binding 2015 Paris accord, signed by 195 world leaders, committed nations to set emissions targets to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.

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