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Cities publish climate change data deleted from EPA website

WH defends Paris pullout

SAN FRANCISCO — Public research on climate change that was deleted from the EPA website by President Trump's administration was saved and is now available on websites hosted by the cities of San Francisco, Chicago and other communities around the nation.

Mayor Ed Lee joined mayors from a dozen U.S. cities who have published the saved information on their city websites, CBS San Francisco reported

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. CBS San Francisco

"Deleting federal web pages does not reset the scientific consensus that climate change is real," Lee said in a statement.

"The American people are entitled to publicly-funded EPA research on climate change."

City of Chicago officials created a website called "Climate Change is Real," and following that, Lee and the other mayors had their employees post the climate change research to their own cities' websites.

San Francisco officials said the research was conducted over decades, and will remain available to the public here.

Some of the other cities that have posted the information are Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis, Seattle and Portland.

The research includes some of the basic science behind climate change, the various ways the weather is impacted by greenhouse gas emissions, and the work the federal government has done to mitigate the impact.

Officials from other cities, universities and organizations who want to participate can go here to get the information and post it to their website.

Last week, Lee and mayors from 125 cities around the country committed themselves to the Paris climate accord, after President Trump announced June 1 the U.S. is pulling out. A number of state governors and hundreds of business leaders and universities also signed on to the coalition, known as "We Are Still In."