7 new 'climate hubs' to help rural areas adapt

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration says it's creating seven regional hubs to help coordinate and distribute information about dealing with the effects of climate change.

Based at existing Agriculture Department facilities, the hubs aim to help farmers and rural communities fight climate change and adapt to weather changes. The hubs will assess local climate risks, such as drought and wildfire, then develop plans for dealing with them, such as improved irrigation techniques.

President Barack Obama announced plans to create the hubs in a climate change speech last year. The White House is promoting them as an example of action Obama is taking despite opposition in Congress to climate change legislation.

The White House said the hubs would be in Oregon, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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