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Scotland signs climate change agreement with California

Nicola Sturgeon has signed an agreement with the Government of California pledging to work together on climate change.

The First Minister and the Governor of California Edmund G Brown made the pledge in a document signed in Sacramento on Monday.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) defines how the two administrations can work together and create a model for other governments to follow.

The leaders also discussed the importance of offshore wind in tackling climate change and considered how they could share knowledge and best practice in developing this technology.

The Scottish Government signalled its continued commitment to the agreement under the Memorandum of Understanding, which makes commitments towards reduced emissions.

It also promised to press ahead with plans to deliver domestic measures to reduce carbon emissions and provide leadership and example in the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding and the historic Paris Agreement.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but we are not complacent and there is still much to achieve."

“The meeting strengthened our relationship with the Government of California and I’m confident we can work together to achieve the targets set out by the Under2 MoU."

“We have also offered to help the Under2 Coalition, representing over one billion people, to prepare for a major summit in 2018 which will bring together the public and private sectors, alongside NGOs, to build support and action aimed at persuading national governments to increase their efforts to tackle climate change, in what will be an important year for taking stock against progress of the Paris Agreement.”

Environmental groups on both sides of the Atlantic welcomed the signing of a joint agreement on tackling climate change. 

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