Editorial: Cities are where the work of climate readiness is happening

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MADISON, Wis. — The sun is out for the first time it what feels like forever and Sunday’s warmth was a relief.

We kind of hate to do our first full-fledged agenda issue on the environmental crisis. Yet, as we pointed out it is arguably the biggest shared concern we have as a population.

There were two stories last week we thought were important. The first was a new research report showing what meteorologists consider normal variations of extreme weather are changing and we need to prepare for continued change.

And second a U.S. Conference of Mayors report finds more than one hundred American cities have launched or expanded climate initiatives or policies in the last 12 months.

In other words scientific evidence of climate change continues to mount and in the absence of political leadership at the federal and legislative levels cities are where the work of climate readiness is happening. And we support Mayor Rhodes-Conway and Executive Parisi doing everything they can.