Oct. 21, 2006: The Miami Herald

Summary: Mayor John Rayson has seen powerful storm winds toss his boat into the trees. He’s noted the fish he catches are smaller and less plentiful. He worries about a home perched just above sea level as ocean levels rise.

And so, he will go before his city commission and ask for building code changes that would provide incentives for putting up environmentally friendly structures and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that this city of 100,000 emits. It’s one of a number of earth-friendly measures under way here, from reused water irrigating lawns and parks, to a new library powered by renewable energy.

As Rayson puts it: "I want to see the city do its part."

Local politicians like Rayson abound across this country, attempting to embrace the measures of the Kyoto Protocol – which called for mandatory reductions of greenhouse gases among the signing nations – even as the federal government refuses.

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