(CNN) – President Barack Obama required federal agencies on Friday to present plans to combat climate change.
An executive order mandated steps to make it easier for communities “to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change,” according to a White House statement.
It also creates an interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, charged with overseeing federal efforts at fighting climate change.
Made up of representatives from across the federal government, the council will work with a task force of state, local and tribal leadership also created by Obama’s order.
The task force will advise the Obama administration on how the federal government “can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change,” according to the statement.
Obama charged federal agencies to modernize their programs supporting “climate-resilient investments,” like their building policies for local governments, especially after natural disasters.
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