President’s Climate Task Force Convening In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governors, mayors and other local government officials are in Des Moines to discuss the impact of changing weather patterns and the effect on food production, health, and ability to prepare for flooding and drought.

The officials are members of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, a group created by President Barack Obama last year.

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says the task force will develop recommendations that help the federal government develop plans for dealing with natural disasters.

On Tuesday experts discussed the increased frequency and intensity of flooding, drought, forest fires, and hurricanes. The task force meets Wednesday to develop recommendations.

Des Moines is one of four locations in the nation to host a meeting of the task force.

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