President Obama’s Climate Change Panel to Meet in Des Moines

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eight governors are expected to join with local officials in Des Moines at an event to discuss climate issues.

The two-day Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience meeting will begin Tuesday at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will host the meeting, which is part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to address climate change.

Participants include the governors of California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Vermont, Washington and Guam. All but the governor of Guam are Democrats. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, isn’t participating.

Other participants include 14 mayors, two county officials and two tribal leaders.

The event will include presentations on climate, flooding and emergency management. After four such meetings around the country, the group will recommend ways to address climate change.

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