August 1, 2006
Major world cities team up to fight global warming
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles, London, New York,
Seoul and 18 other cities joined forces on Tuesday in a global
warming project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Launched by former President Bill Clinton's foundation, the
initiative will allow cities to pool their purchasing power and
lower the price of energy-saving products and provide technical
assistance to help them become more energy efficient.
Urban areas are responsible for more than 75 percent of all
greenhouse gas emissions, making reduced energy crucial in the
effort to slow the pace of global warming.
Energy-efficient traffic lights, street lighting, the use
of biofuels for city transport, and traffic congestion schemes
were some of the practical steps that cities are expected to
take to reduce greenhouse gases.
"The world's largest cities can have a major impact on
this. Already they are at the center of developing the
technologies and innovative new practices that provide hope
that we can radically reduce carbon emissions," said London
Mayor Ken Livingstone, who launched the initiative in Los
Angeles with Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Clinton Foundation said it hoped that coordination
between major cities will boost efforts now being made by some
areas on an individual basis.
The partnership with the foundation began with the
participation of 22 cities -- Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo,
Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London,
Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Paris,
Philadelphia, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Toronto and Warsaw.