The following is an excerpt from National Geographic.
A federal task force convened by U.S. President Barack Obama after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the U.S. Atlantic Coast last fall released a report on Monday that included 69 recommendations for rebuilding storm-damaged areas and for reducing the impact of future severe storms.
A home on Union Beach in New Jersey destroyed by winds and water during Hurricane Sandy. Photograph by Ken Cedeno, Corbis Images
Chaired by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, the task force stressed the need for a more resilient national infrastructure and for preparing for the possibility that climate change could worsen the effects of hurricanes. (Read "Rising Seas" in the current issue of National Geographic magazine.)
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