Governor holding ceremony for bill to help Rhode Island prepare for climate change


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NORTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island — Gov. Lincoln Chafee is holding a ceremonial signing for legislation designed to help Rhode Island prepare for climate change.

The event is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the town beach in North Kingstown.

The legislation passed by the General Assembly lays out a framework for the state to prepare for the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and more severe weather. It also establishes as law an earlier order signed by the governor that creates a Climate Change Coordinating Council.

The legislation sets targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and emphasizes public-private collaborations.

Rep. Arthur Handy, the main sponsor, has said Rhode Island is particularly vulnerable to climate change and could become a national leader in preparing for it, which in turn will help the state's struggling economy.

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