Environment

President’s FY 2017 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

The President’s Budget request for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) directly supports the National Security Strategy by helping to build and sustain a more secure, prosperous, and democratic world.

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership in Securing First-Ever Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

Today in Montreal, the U.S. and 22 other countries reached agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial aircraft. When fully implemented, the standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040, equivalent to removing over 140 million cars from the road for a year.

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Statement by President Obama on the Paris Climate Agreement

A few hours ago, we succeeded. We came together around the strong agreement the world needed. We met the moment.

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COP21: Paris Agreement a ‘Tremendous Victory for All of Our Citizens’

“It’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations. We have set a course here. The world has come together around an agreement that will empower us to chart a new path for our planet – a smart and responsible path, a sustainable path. And extraordinarily, we are 196 delegations, 186 plans. That is a remarkable global commitment.”

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on COP21 and Action Beyond Paris

“Unless the global community takes bold steps now to transition away from a high-carbon economy, we are facing unthinkable harm to our habitat, our infrastructure, our food production, our water supplies, and potentially to life itself.”

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Fact Sheet: United States Announces it will Double Grant-Based, Public Climate Finance for Adaptation

Climate change is a global threat that requires a global solution. Yet, many of the countries that have contributed little to global emissions are impacted the most.


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Remarks by President Obama at the First Session of COP21

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“I’ve come here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.”

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FACT SHEET: U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit

The U.S. – China Climate Leaders Summit fulfills a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, and helps to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate change that both leaders committed to will be implemented at the state and local level, where they matter most.

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FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Investments to Combat Climate Change and Assist Remote Alaskan Communities

President Obama is committed to leading the fight against climate change by curbing the carbon pollution that is driving global warming, building resilience in American communities to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid, and driving progress on the international stage.

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Remarks by the President and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon After Bilateral Meeting

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The United Nations continues to stand working with the U.S. government. We really appreciate your strong leadership and support, and strong, generous humanitarian assistance to many places of conflict.

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