Ohio Official Joins President's Climate Panel


A central Ohio official is among government leaders from across the country appointed to a presidential task force on climate change.

Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, a Democrat, was appointed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 1 to the 26-member Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. She joins a line-up of local, state and tribal officials charged with advising the administration on ways the federal government can help U.S. communities as they experience impacts of climate change associated with global warming.

Obama has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for communities to strengthen resilience to extreme weather and to make other preparations.

Brooks is the only Ohioan on the panel.