Virginia is the latest state to commit to the Paris climate accord's goal of keeping global warming at 2 degrees Celcius and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the state is joining the Under2 Coalition, a group of 189 state, local and regional governments around the world that commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions toward net-zero by 2050. Virginia is the eleventh state to sign on to join the coalition, which includes California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Governor McAuliffe's signing underscored the urgency of state and local climate action in the face of federal efforts under the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
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