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The Climate Leaders Declaration and a series agreements were signed Tuesday by US governors and mayor with their Chinese counterparts who attended the China-US Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles.

The two-day meeting Dante Pettis Elite Jersey , with a full name of "China-US Climate-SmartLow Carbon Cities Summit," was the first of its kind at the provincial and city level between the two countries.

It fulfills a key element of the China-US Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Presidents Barack Obama last November, which has a part to implement the climate goal of each country at local government level.

The Summit "shows the determination of both countries to continually deepen and strengthen cooperation on climate change, and to engage city, state, municipal Mike McGlinchey Elite Jersey , private-sector, and NGO partners in this critical effort," the White House said.

Yang Jiechi, the Special Envoy of President Xi and US Vice President Joe Biden will attend the closing ceremony Wednesday.

Chinese cities and provinces Beijing, Shenzhen, Wuhan Womens Joshua Garnett Jersey , Guangzhou, Sichuan, Hainan, Guiyang, Zhenjiang, Jinchang Womens Kentavius Street Jersey , Yanan and Jilin, and US states and cities including California, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston Womens Tarvarius Moore Jersey , Portland, Seattle, Houston, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, Carmel signed the Declaration and other working agreenments Womens Fred Warner Jersey , such as the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC) and the Memorandum of Understanding between the cities of Shenzhen and Los Angeles and similar agreements between other cities.

As the world's largest developed and developing nations, the US and China represent about 40 percent of the world's carbon emission, California Govenor Jerry Brown said, and as most of the population are in cities, the actions of cities are very important.

"The summit provides an opportunity for local leaders to exchange their experience of practice and learn from each other," Xie Zhenhua Womens Eli Harold Jersey , Chinese special representative on climate change issues, said at a press conference after the opening ceremony.

"I heard that about a dozen of Chinese cities are commited to reach the peak years for carbon dioxide emissions earlier than the national goal by around 2030. It is very impressive, " Todd D. Stern, the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the US State Department, said in his speech at the summit.

China announced to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60 to 65 percent from the 2005 level by 2030 in its "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,"submitted earlier this year to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Some US state and city governments also set ambitious carbon-reduction targets.

California announced to reduce emissions by 80 to 90 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Los Angeles has a goal of cutting emissions to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025 Womens Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and the City of Seattle is committed to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

"Cities lead, mayors lead. When we do something, things will be changed," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Several forums and roundtable talks will be held during the two-day summit, discussing city carbon reduction Womens Arik Armstead Jersey , renewable energy, environmental friendly business and other related topics.

The second China-US Climate Leaders Summit will be held in Beijing next year, Xie said.

CANBERRA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government should ban alcohol sponsorship in sport, introduce higher alcohol taxes and mandate "lockout laws" to reduce alcohol-related harm, the nation's largest not-for-profit health provider has said.

St Vincent's Health Australia has released its health "wish list" ahead of the 2016 federal election, and has urged both major political parties to seriously consider wider-ranging in an effort to reduce alcohol-related harm by 20 percent by 2025.

The organization's CEO, Toby Hall, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Wednesday too much taxpayer money was being wasted on caring for alcohol-affected people in hospitals, and urged both sides of government to funnel the hundreds of millions of dollars into prevention instead.

"You've got 157,000 people every year going into hospital, you've got around 60 percent of crime in Australia related to alcohol, (and) nearly a billion dollars spent on putting people into hospital because of alcohol," Hall said.

He said by reducing alcohol-related harm by 20 percent over the next decade, there would be up to 30,000 fewer hospital admissions every year, while there would also be three fewer deaths related to alcohol per day.

Hall also called for alcohol sponsorship in sport to be banned, as impressionable children were subconsciously associating alcohol with their heroes and favorite teams.

"We see major sporting teams, including our national cricket team, our State of Origin teams, and our national rugby team, with sponsorships relating to alcohol," Hall said.

"Many of our young people are growing up and seeing that there's a link -- sport and alcohol go together and that's a normal thing. We want to break that link."

St Vincent's Health also said the availability of cheap, high-alcohol booze was a blight on the current taxation system, adding that a more streamlined tax service could raise billions for the government.

"Most of the world actually bases its tax on volumes and there's very clear evidence that as the price goes up, people go to lower volume alcohol or they reduce their alcohol consumption," Hall said.

Previous research into an alcohol tax change, commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, found changes to alcohol taxes could generate up to 1.8 billion U.S dollars per year.

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