Two months ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump took down climate change information published online. In response, American cities – including Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston – decided to reinstate the archived data, which had been painstakingly curated for decades.
Chicago got the Climate Change is Real party started by reposting EPA climate change data on a new city website in May. The banner of their site acknowledges the EPA and other federal agencies for decades of labor on environmental issues, stating, “While this information may not be readily available on the EPA’s website, in Chicago we know climate change is real. We are joining cities around the country to make sure citizens have access to information on climate change. We will continue to take action to adapt to climate threats while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”
The city also posted a guide on GitHub enabling other cities to post the data as well, and so far 14 other cities have followed suit. Burlington, Vermont recently became the 14th city to post the data; Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a June 19 statement, “Climate change is real, and deleting federal web pages that contain years’ worth of research does not alter this global, scientific consensus.”
The EPA reportedly took the information down for review. Chicago’s GitHub guide for other cities offers “copies of the climate change websites, data, and other information that was unceremoniously removed from the Environmental Protection Agency.”
St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Francisco, California are among the 14 other cities that have since posted the information. You can see if your city is on the list here.