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Evanston is one of just 105 cities in the world to get an “A” rating for their climate action efforts from the international nonprofit CDP.

The rating group says the number of cities setting ambitious emission reduction targets has more than doubled from 43 in 2018.

It defines an ambitious target as one calling for at least and 80% emissions reduction by no later than 2050.

Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan calls for achieving a 100% reduction — or carbon neutrality — by 2050.

Other U.S. cities setting the same goal include Boston, Massachusetts, Indianapolis, Indiana, San Francisco, California, and Washington D.C.

Whether the cities will actually achieve their climate goals remains to be seen.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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