Vermont joins international effort to fight climate change

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont has signed on to what he called a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces to combat climate change.

Signers have pledged to work to limit increases in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius - and to reduce carbon emissions to no more than 95 percent of 1990 levels - by 2050.

Strategies include sharing technology and research, collaborating to expand use of zero-emission vehicles, working for more consistent emissions monitoring, focusing anti-pollution efforts on substances key to the climate - like black carbon and methane - and assessing the projected impacts of climate change on communities.

Participants in the new agreement include four U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and parts of European, Latin American and Pacific nations.

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