Mayor de Blasio strives for a more energy-efficient New York

According to a recent report from the New York Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce a new plan that will aim to reduce the environmental impact of the entire city. Although this initial plan will span a decade, the ultimate goal is to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by New York by a full 80 percent by the year 2050.

The main part of de Blasio's proposal centers around retrofitting all buildings in the city so they are more environmentally-friendly, as well as putting pressure on real estate owners and landlords to make similar upgrades to their own buildings. The city will spend a projected $1 billion over the next 10 years to make these improvements a reality.

Later this week, New York will be hosting international leaders at the United Nations for a Climate Summit, where representatives will try and come to an agreement about the growing threat posed by global climate change. The UN has already recommended cutting gas emissions by 80 percent in order to counteract the impact of rising temperatures.

"Global warming was much more of an abstraction to New York City until two years ago," Mayor de Blasio told the Times. "There's a moral imperative to act."

If the timeline is followed closely, the city will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a full 10 percent just within the next decade. That would be the equivalent of taking nearly 700,000 cars off of the road.

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