Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg Credit: Courtesy / Public Domain

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and current special envoy to the United Nations, will be in town Friday to discuss San Antonio’s efforts to address climate change, according to an announcement by Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s office.

Bloomberg, whom UN Secretary-General António Guterres in March appointed as Special Envoy for Climate Action, will meet with Nirenberg Friday afternoon before a joint press conference at 3 p.m. at the Plaza de Armas Gallery downtown.

Nirenberg and Bloomberg, who served as New York’s mayor from 2002 to 2013, will make “a special announcement” on San Antonio’s forthcoming Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the announcement states.

San Antonio’s climate plan, a collaboration among the City, CPS Energy, Navigant Consulting, and University of Texas at San Antonio, has been in the works since December 2017.

It seeks to address both the causes and effects of rapid global warming in San Antonio, where average temperatures have climbed 2.4 degrees since the 1880s. Scientists predict temperatures will continue to rise enough to lead to up to four straight months per year of 100-degree-plus days by the end of this century.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg formally signs the resolution in support of the Paris Agreement as San Antonio leaders stand behind him.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg signs the resolution in support of the Paris Agreement in June 2017. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

One of Nirenberg’s first policy moves after taking the mayor’s seat in 2017 was to pledge to keep San Antonio’s global warming greenhouse gas emissions within the bounds of the Paris Accord, an international agreement to curb the worst effects of climate change.

Since then, roughly 90 people from across the community have been meeting regularly to discuss how best to meet these goals and adapt to higher temperatures, more intense droughts, and more severe storms.

Nirenberg did not immediately respond to a call and text late Wednesday morning.

A draft version of San Antonio’s plan is expected to be released Jan. 25.

New York released its climate plan in line with the Paris Accord in September 2017. It seeks to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, largely by requiring large buildings to use less energy and cutting down the number of private vehicles on the road.

While Bloomberg is in San Antonio, he also will be participating in an event with gun-control advocates. He will appear at the Liberty Bar on South Alamo Street with volunteers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, to discuss efforts to prevent gun violence in Texas.

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Brendan Gibbons

Brendan Gibbons is a former senior reporter at the San Antonio Report. He is an environmental journalist for Oil & Gas Watch.