Mayors from the world's biggest cities (London, Rio de Janeiro, Tehran, Capetown, Sydney, Shanghai, etc) are meeting in San Francisco this week to create international guidelines for sustainable urban living. These guidelines are described as a city-level version of the Kyoto Protocol. "We cannot afford to wait for the state or federal government to do the job. There are too many excuses going around, particularly in this country," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Increasingly, the world will look at mayors to become the stewards of the environment since the vast majority of the pollution comes from cities." This sentiment seems especially present in the US because of the federal government's lack of initiative.
::SFGate [by MGR]