Thank you, Chicagoans, for rescuing the EPA's website.

Last month, the Trump administration took down the EPA's climate change website.

That sucks. The website was full of useful science information as well as years of data. The administration said the takedown was part of a "review," although considering scientists thought the page was fine, it appears the takedown could have been politically motivated.

But guess who just saved the day? Hi, Chicago!

On May 7, the city of Chicago put up a full copy of the pages on its own website — and they're encouraging other cities to do the same.

"The Trump administration can attempt to erase decades of work from scientists and federal employees on the reality of climate change, but burying your head in the sand doesn't erase the problem," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press release.

The current administration might be hiding from the reality of climate change, but it's encouraging to see our cities step in to take action.

While the massive federal government is led by an administration that rejects climate science, smaller and more politically nimble cities have stepped up. According to the Sierra Club, 27 U.S. cities have adopted 100% clean energy plans.

Cities matter — they're home to more than half of the world's population and produce 75% of our carbon emissions. Good thing thousands of them all around the world are taking action. For example:

As Benjamin Barber recently wrote for The Guardian, the answer to climate change might be to set the nation aside and put cities like Chicago in charge.

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In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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