- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders from 11 other states and provinces are signing a pact on climate change that vows to reduce carbon emissions.

The Democratic governor says leaders from regions in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and other U.S. states have vowed to push other regional governments to sign on before U.N. climate talks in Paris later this year.

The non-binding agreement pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. California has already adopted a more aggressive timeline.

Brown met with leaders from six governments in Sacramento on Tuesday before briefly addressing reporters.

He says the regional leaders want to create pressure from below to force their national governments to do more on climate change.

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