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For Immediate Release, August 8, 2013

Contact:  Rose Braz, (510) 435-6809, rbraz@biologicaldiversity.org  

Concord, Mass., Joins Growing Call for National Climate Action

Facing Growing Extreme Weather Threat, City Urges EPA to Use Clean Air Act to Cut Carbon Pollution 

CONCORD, Mass.Concord, Mass., has become the 67th U.S. community to call on President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to make full use of the Clean Air Act to cut the greenhouse gas pollution that’s drastically changing the climate and increasing extreme weather risk.

By passing a resolution this week, the Concord Board of Selectmen has joined Cambridge and four other Massachusetts cities, as well as Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, as part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s national Clean Air Cities campaign.

“President Obama says he’s further deploying the Clean Air Act against global warming, so we’ve got to seize this opportunity to push the federal government for rapid and ambitious action,” said Rose Braz, the Center’s climate campaign director. “Concord’s leaders, like city leaders around the country, understand the dangers of climate change and are urging action through the passage of this resolution. To avert climate chaos, we must make full use of the Clean Air Act.”

If high greenhouse emissions continue, average summer temperatures across Massachusetts are projected to rise 6 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit above historic levels by late-century, according to the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment report. Sea-level rise and storm surge also present major threats to the Boston area, according to a recent report (PDF) from the Boston Harbor Association.

The Center’s Clean Air Cities campaign is working around the country to encourage cities to pass resolutions supporting the Clean Air Act and using the Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million, the level scientists say we must reach in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Similar resolutions have been approved in 66 other U.S. communities: Albany, Ithaca and Yonkers, N.Y.; Bloomfield and Hartford, Conn.; Berkeley, Santa Monica, Arcata, Oxnard, Santa Cruz, Richmond, Culver City, San Francisco, San Leandro, Fairfax, West Hollywood, Oakland and Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn; Kauai, Hawaii; New Hope Borough, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa.; Tucson, Ariz.; Boone, N.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.; Newton, Cambridge, Amherst, Newburyport, and Northampton, Mass.; Cincinnati and Oberlin, Ohio; Keene, N.H.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Kansas City, Mo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami, South Miami, Pinecrest, Tampa, Hallandale Beach, Gulfport, Broward County, Monroe County, St. Petersburg, Key West and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Teton County, Wyo.; Eugene, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Burlington, Vt.; Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.; Wilmington, Del.; Providence, R.I.; Gary, Ind.; Woodbridge, N.J.; Portland, Maine; Baltimore, Md.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. Several other cities around the country will be considering resolutions over the next few months.

Learn more about the Clean Air Act and the Center’s Clean Air Cities campaign and Climate Law Institute.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 625,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.


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