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Newsom withdraws from overseas trip to UN climate conference and will participate virtually

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California Governor Gavin Newson suddenly withdrew from his trip to the United Nations (UN) Annual Conference on Climate Change in Scotland on Friday.

The Democratic leader cited “family obligations”, although he did not specify these obligations.


Newsom will still be attending the rally virtually, according to spokeswoman Erin Mellon.

Newsom, who had only recently decided to attend the conference, has four children, aged 5 to 12.

“The governor has a young family, and we should all be sympathetic, especially those of us who have been there,” Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis told The Associated Press. Kounalakis, who has two adult sons, has been invited to lead the California delegation to Glasgow.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference after receiving a booster shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Asian Health Services in Oakland, Calif., On Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
(AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

Other officials from the Newsom administration will also be visiting Scotland, in addition to at least half a dozen other liberal state governors.

Newsom, who easily beat a number of conservative contestants in a recall election in September, has been outspoken on issues related to climate change and its impact on Californians. The state has long been a leader in climate and environmental matters.

Newsom has laid out several ambitious plans related to tackling climate change, including a ban on all oil drilling by 2045, a ban on the sale of gasoline lawn equipment by 2024 – or whenever State regulators determine it’s doable – and a ban on the sale of all new gasoline cars by 2035.


He is a candidate for re-election in 2022.

Paralyzing drought and record temperatures linked to climate change have made wildfires in the West more difficult to fight, and scientists say climate change will continue to make conditions more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive in the years to come.

In a UN report released in August, climate experts warned the Earth is getting so hot that temperatures in a decade or so will likely exceed a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, calling it a “code. red for humanity “.

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Activists take part in a climate change protest in Glasgow, Scotland, ahead of the start of COP26 on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The UN climate conference COP26 begins Sunday in Glasgow.
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Over the past 60 years, Earth has been warmed by 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit due to the impact of man-made climate change.


Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new high last year and have increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the past decade, the World Meteorological Organization said in a report.

And the UN calculated this week that, by 2030, the world will release up to 31 billion US tons of greenhouse gases in excess of the amount that would keep the planet at or below the lowest limit. stricter set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Environmental activists, lawmakers and scientists say that from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12th conference – the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as “COP26” – is a crucial opportunity for concrete commitments towards the objectives initially sought in Paris.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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