Twenty-one U.S. cities have agreed to track and publicly report their carbon dioxide emissions, in a pioneering effort to curtail greenhouse gas emissions where they begin.
Globally, 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions fueling global warming originate in cities.
Each city, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, will gather the same data -- "for instance, fire department, ambulance and police services, municipal buildings, waste transport and other services the cities provide or activities over which they exercise budgetary control." They will also assess risks they face from rising temperatures.
The data will be crucial in future efforts to reduce pollution most effectively, quickly and inexpensively.
Is your city on the list? If not, visit ICLEI to learn how your town can get involved.
Nine additional cities are expected to take part in the pilot program, in addition to these 21.
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