- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has picked a leader for a new board that’s working to address climate change in Rhode Island.

The Democratic governor announced Friday that she chose Peter V. August as chairman of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board.

August and the other board members were confirmed by the Senate in June.

August is a professor in the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Natural Resources Science. He founded URI’s Environmental Data Center.

The nine-member advisory board was created to provide guidance on aligning academic research around issues of climate resiliency, communicating scientific and technical information to the public and other climate change topics.

Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit says the board will help the state become more resilient.

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