Obama’s Climate Task Force Convenes for First Time

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Local residents of Staten Island take part in a community walk along Midland Beach commemorating the year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2013 in New York City. Commemorative events took place across the northeast one year after the storm. 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 26, 2013, 2:03 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama’s Coun­cil on Cli­mate Pre­pared­ness and Re­si­li­ence, a task force of rep­res­ent­at­ives from the State, De­fense, Labor, and Treas­ury de­part­ments and oth­er fed­er­al agen­cies, con­vened for the first time on Monday, The Hill re­ports.

The coun­cil was es­tab­lished by ex­ec­ut­ive or­der in Novem­ber as part of a broad­er ef­fort sanc­tioned by the pres­id­ent to in­crease pre­pared­ness and re­si­li­ence in the face of ex­treme-weath­er events made worse by cli­mate change.

The body will co­ordin­ate with state and loc­al of­fi­cials to de­vel­op mit­ig­a­tion strategies and look for ways to re­move bar­ri­ers to in­creased re­si­li­ence at the fed­er­al, state, and loc­al levels.

White House Coun­cil on En­vir­on­ment­al Qual­ity Chair­wo­man Nancy Sut­ley, White House Sci­ence Ad­viser John Hold­ren and Deputy Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Ad­viser for Home­land Se­cur­ity and Coun­terter­ror­ism Lisa Monaco re­portedly presided over the first meet­ing of the task force, high­light­ing the di­verse group of fed­er­al stake­hold­ers rep­res­en­ted.


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