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    International Mayors Climate Summit

    Hundreds of mayors from all around the country are in Boston, where they discussed the issue of climate change.

    (Published Thursday, June 7, 2018)

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry was a big draw at the International Mayors Climate Summit at Boston University Thursday.

    "While Donald Trump may have said he's out of Paris, the American people have stated unequivocally, they're in Paris, and they're going to meet the Paris standards," Kerry said of the accord.

    Host Mayor Marty Walsh announced that several major cities are joining Boston to explore the possibility of collectively buying renewable energy, which the Walsh administration says could save cities millions of dollars.

    Austin Blackmon is Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space:

    Walsh Announcing New Energy Plan as Mayors Meet

    [NECN] Walsh Announcing New Energy Plan as Mayors Meet

    Mayors from around the world are meeting at Boston University to discuss climate change.

    (Published Thursday, June 7, 2018)

    "Taking the power of the networks that he leads to actually, hopefully, reduce the cost of renewables so it would be easier for cities like Boston to save money," said Austin Blackmon, chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space.

    Walsh promotes Boston as a leader on climate change, constructing sea walls, exploring solar energy options and setting goals for becoming carbon neutral.

    But some activists say while Boston is talking the talk, it's not walking the walk.

    Walsh strongly defends his work on climate change.

    "Reducing carbon emissions, putting it into climate action plan," Walsh listed. "Looking at new developments in the city of Boston, the investments we're making in our parks."

    And he says many mayors around the country would like to be in Boston's position.

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    [NATL-MI] Video: Dramatic Rescue From Fiery Alabama Home

    The Oneonta Police Department in Alabama this week released body camera footage of a rescue from a burning building on July 3. Two officers saved two people from the structure fire, according to police.

    (Published Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018)

    "It's not just talk, it's actually action. And a lot of people are following our lead," he said.

    That would include Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, whose city was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

    "We are looking at what they've been doing in Boston," Turner said. "For example, in Boston, they are now building streets higher. In the city of Houston, effective Sept. 1 of this year, we are building future construction higher."

    Mayors from around the country will continue to pour into Boston this weekend as the U.S. Conference of Mayors kicks off on Friday.

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