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Secretary Kerry: Climate Change and the Road to Paris

Secretary Kerry speaks on climate change at the Atlantic Council (State Dept.)

Secretary Kerry speaks on climate change at the Atlantic Council.

Building on the strong progress made under President Obama to curb the emissions that are driving climate change and lead on the international stage, the United States on March 31 submitted its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The submission, referred to as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), is a formal statement of the U.S. target, announced in China last year, to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to make best efforts to reduce by 28%.

 the Obama Administration is unveiling the third U.S. National Climate Assessment—the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.
The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkidssustainable future for our kids and grandkids. (See the Fact Sheet)