Mayors see nature as weapon in battle against climate change

June 23, 2014 2:24 AM

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Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the effects of climate change, even as Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.

As conservative governors criticize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the mayors — many from cities already struggling with climate-change effects — are taking steps and spending money to stem the damage.

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