Des Moines mayor on president’s climate task force

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has been named by President Barack Obama to a task force that will make recommendations on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities dealing with the impact of climate change.

Cownie is among 16 city and county officials named to the group along with eight governors and two tribal officials.

Obama says in a statement released Friday that local leaders are contending with more frequent or severe heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms and floods by updating building codes, adjusting management of natural resources, investing in more resilient infrastructure, and planning for rapid recovery.

The task force will recommend to the president ways to modernize federal grant and loan programs and develop information and tools needed to prepare.

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