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Wisconsin communities create climate change task forces

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Leaders in a dozen Wisconsin communities say they want to be ready the next time the effects of climate change show up.

Wisconsin Public Radio says places from Dane County to Superior have created task forces to try and become better prepared for dealing with heat waves, flooding, and droughts among other things.

Green Bay and La Crosse are making similar efforts.

Many include ways to protect the most vulnerable residents, including the elderly and the infirm. The Dane County group in Madison is expected to have recommendations ready by September.

County Executive Joe Parisi says the effects of climate change are obvious. He said Madison’s Lake Mendota stayed frozen for four months about 150 years ago – and that’s down to three months today.

David Liebl of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts says the number of days exceeding 90 degrees will increase.

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