Fayetteville joins 12 cities in hosting deleted climate change data

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan / File photo

Six weeks after the Trump administration removed several pages of climate change data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the information is back online in over a dozen new places.

Fayetteville and 12 other cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Houston and Philadelphia, have launched new webpages with the data.

The Fayetteville webpage also includes research and data from other organizations, as well as basic information about what climate change is, why it is occurring, and what specific effects Arkansas may face due to a shifting global climate.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the first to announce the posting the EPA’s archived materials on May 7. Emanuel called on other cities across the country to join Chicago in its efforts by hosting climate change research on their own websites.

“I am proud of the opportunity to work with Mayor Emanuel on ensuring this important information compiled by scientists and federal employees over decades is posted on the City of Fayetteville’s website,” said Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “Now more than ever, we must work to share information about the realities of climate change and the importance of a proactive response.”

Today’s announcement is one of several efforts in Fayetteville to fight climate change.

Last week, Jordan joined over 280 U.S. Mayors in signing a statement in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Also, the Fayetteville’s City Council in February voted to support the development of a citywide Energy Action Plan that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging greater deployment of renewable energy, and increasing energy efficiency with fuel efficient vehicles. City staff have already begun working with stakeholders to develop the plan, with the hope of bringing a draft back to aldermen for adoption this fall.

Mayors and cities positing climate change information

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 Lee of San Francisco, California
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, Missouri