EPA “Removed Material” now on City Hall Web Site

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EPA “Removed Material” now on City Hall Web Site

Learn how Climate Change Impacts CNY

CCAA – Climate Change Awareness and Action, in conjunction with the City of Syracuse, is excited to announce that the EPA material on climate change removed from the official EPA web site in Washington, DC is now available on the City of Syracuse web site at http://climatechange.syrgov.net/ and CCAA’s web site, http://www.climatechange-action.com

Within weeks of being appointed, EPA Director Scott Pruitt ordered the material on climate change removed from the official EPA web site.

“Information based on decades of scientific research is important to help people understand changes taking place to the environment in CNY” said Peter Wirth, a representative from CCAA. “Denying people information by taking down web pages will not stop climate change.”

Syracuse Mayor Miner joined 13 other mayors in posting the deleted EPA material on Syracuse’s municipal web site. We believe Syracuse is the first city in NY state to take this action. For a list of cities see below.

“Climate change is real and its undeniable impacts are felt in Syracuse every day,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “No matter the leadership on the federal level, our residents deserve to have information at their hands to make informed decisions. We need to understand that severe storms are becoming more frequent, causing damage to our infrastructure and harm to our neighbors. Cities are now leading the way when it comes to helping our environment.”

In the last few weeks there have been a number of news stories about the impact of increased rainfall on CNY, closed beaches due to toxic alga blooms, and more recently West Nile virus. These events are influenced by a variety of factors including warming temperatures and increased precipitation rates.


“The Northeastern climate is experiencing noticeable changes that are expected to increase in the future. Between 1895 and 2011, temperatures rose by almost 2°F and projections indicate warming of 4.5°F to 10°F by the 2080s.[1] The frequency, intensity, and length of heat waves is also expected to increase.

The total amount of precipitation and the frequency of heavy precipitation events has also risen in the region.[1] Between 1958 and 2012, the Northeast saw more than a 70% increase in the amount of rainfall measured during heavy precipitation events, more than in any other region in the United States.”

Sam Edelstein, Chief Data Officer for the Syracuse Innovation Team wrote a blog post about the importance of posting the EPA web site material on climate change and impact of climate change on CNY.

He said, “Publishing this information across municipal web sites shows that cities understand how the threat of climate change will affect people directly, and ensures this information will live on and continue to be built upon.”

You can access his comments at http://www.innovatesyracuse.com/blog/climatechangedata

For additional information from the Mayor’s office contact Alexander Marion, Press Secretary (315) 448-8044

CCAA is a local organization of citizens concerned about the impact of climate change. We conduct education activities to help people understand the science behind climate change and advocate for solutions involving reduction of greenhouse gases.

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List of cities that have posted the EPA material on their municipal web site.

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia
Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Illinois
Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston, Illinois
Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, Texas
Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Louisiana
Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, Missouri
Mayor Edwin M. Lee – San Francisco, CA