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Hawaii gov appointed to climate change task force

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says his appointment to President Barack Obama's task force on climate change will give a state a strong voice in the national discussion on the issue.

Abercrombie says a top priority for him will be an analysis of how the Pacific Ocean affects the rest of the world. He notes the island state of Hawaii is vulnerable to climate changes including rising temperatures, droughts, flooding and coastal erosion.

Friday's executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change.

Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman William Aila says Abercrombie is a forward-thinker when it comes to climate change resiliency.

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