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Lab Report: Obama Calls Cities 'The New Face of Leadership' on Climate Change

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Barack Obama speaks at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago on December 5.
Barack Obama speaks at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago on December 5.Reuters/Kamil Krzaczynski

Carrying on: In Chicago yesterday, former President Barack Obama called cities “the new face of American leadership on climate change,” commending the charter that 45 mayors signed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. As President Trump plans to withdraw the U.S. from the landmark Paris Agreement, the mayors’ pact continues local commitments to the international climate accord. USA Today reports:

The end of the American “boomtown”: Economists are noting a drastic change from the migration patterns that once fueled the boom of major cities like Chicago, as people now flock to lower-wage metro areas instead of the more prosperous, productive cities. The big problem? Housing shortages. (New York Times)