Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The City of Milwaukee highlights climate science Walker, Trump buried

Walker removed climate change data, materials and expertise from state agencies and payrolls, and the EPA under Trump has gone further. 

And while I have and will continue to point out how Walker intentionally-weakened the DNR, laid off its science staffers and scrubbed key climate change science and links to outside resources from its web portal, I'm pleased to report that the City of Milwaukee maintains an environmental office which declares "Climate Change is Real," and hosts this important climate change web page.

Among the resources on the site is a link to materials the EPA deleted once Trump took office. Check it out these highlights on the page.
Climate Change increases the threat of extreme storms and flooding like Milwaukee experienced in 2008 and 2010. It also increases risks to our economy, health and air quality.
The Milwaukee City Council also unanimously passed Council resolution 170337 pledging Milwaukee support of the principles of the Paris Climate Accord.
The City of Milwaukee has also joined 13 other US cities to re-publish EPA Climate information that had been removed from the federal website. Information is available at 
Mayor Barrett on WPR talks climate change

Why Climate Change Matters to Milwaukee
Global climate change presents serious threats to our environmenthuman health, economy and equalitybiodiversity, and national security. The National Climate Assessment provides a good overview of the causes and effects of climate change. 
The report outlines the particular threats climate change poses to Wisconsin and the Midwest: "Extreme heat, heavy downpours, and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, air and water quality, and more. Climate change will also exacerbate a range of risks to the Great Lakes." 
Acting on climate change means both reducing our use of fossil fuels that is one of the leading causes of climate change and proactively planning to adapt to it.
The City of Milwaukee's Environmental Collaboration Office under Mayor Barrett's leadership have implemented a broad range of energy efficiency and clean energy programs. Milwaukee is also leading in the use of green infrastructure to adapt and help manage the risk of extreme storms.  The City also supports locally made clean technology that can reduce our carbon footprint while growing the local economy.

Why Climate Change Matters

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