Journalists looking for compelling examples of how cities are acting to reduce CO2 emissions have some new resources available to them. The New York Times and other media outlets in late September reported on initiatives in Chicago, Portland, and Berkeley.

Chicago just unveiled an aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gases, and Portland again topped a national ranking of cities that are the most sustainable. (Reporters, wisely, always regard such rankings with a suitably raised eyebrow, making sure they pass a laugh test and carefully evaluating the criteria by which the selections are evaluated.)

Berkeley’s city council voted last week to give city-backed loans to property owners who install rooftop solar panels. More information on what these cities are doing is available online: Chicago, Portland, Berkeley.

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