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In Major Shift, Obama Administration Will Plan For Rising Seas In All Federal Projects

US President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus retreat on January 29, 2015 in Philadelphia.    AFP PHOTO/NIC
US President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus retreat on January 29, 2015 in Philadelphia. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will issue an executive order Friday directing federal agencies–as well as state and local governments drawing on federal funds–to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change.

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