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Obama Administration to Convene Public Meeting

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Obama Administration officials will hold a public meeting of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in Miami, Florida, on June 23, 2010. This meeting is being organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and co-hosted by the Florida Energy and Climate Commission and the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability. The meeting provides an opportunity for senior members of the Obama Administration to listen to local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change adaptation, and to describe federal efforts already underway to plan for climate change adaptation in this area, with an emphasis on hazard preparedness and mitigation and water resource management.

In 2009, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which includes representatives from more than 20 Federal Agencies. When President Obama signed the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, on October 5, 2009, he called on the Task Force to provide a progress report within one year on agency actions in support of a national climate change adaptation strategy and recommendations for any further measures.

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