NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A council formed to advise Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly on how Rhode Island can prepare for the effects of climate change has released its preliminary report.

The report by the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council provides a framework for state and municipal officials to address the issue.

It calls for the adoption of emission reduction targets and assessments of populations and areas vulnerable to climate change. It also urges partnerships with the private sector and academic institutions and the identification of economic opportunities associated with climate change preparations.

Chafee says stronger storms, higher tides and storm surges pose major challenges for communities. He says the state must use its resources and talents to devise effective responses.